Henry Spitzer

The Associated Press
Marshals Seize Home of Drug-Issuing Psychiatrist
January 17, 1990

— Excerpt

U.S. marshals, acting under a federal law aimed at stripping drug dealers of their means of doing business, seized the house of a 73-year-old psychiatrist accused of illegally writing prescriptions there.

Tuesday’s seizure of the home of Henry Spitzer marked the first use of the forfeiture statute against a doctor in California, authorities said.

Spitzer surrendered his license to practice last year after he was charged with 16 felonies in 1988. Undercover agents had concluded he was prescribing Valium and an amphetamine in cases where it was not medically warranted…