“Rock Doc”?

Here is a quick contest. How many things are wrong with this story?

Jeffrey Young wanted to give you a real look inside his clinic.

But maybe, just maybe, he showed too much.

Young, 43, a Tennessee nurse practitioner who called himself ‘Rock Doc’ and once piloted a reality show about his Jackson clinic, was indicted with federal drug trafficking charges this week, accused of trading drugs for sex.

The Department of Justice announced Young’s indictment Wednesday as part of a sweeping probe into nationwide over-prescribing that led to charges against 60 medical professionals. Young specifically prescribed about 1.4 million addictive pills and 1,500 fentanyl patches over a span of about three years, according to a news release.

As payment for those drugs, Young sometimes accepted sex or “notoriety” for his “Rock Doc” brand, the indictment states. It is also alleged that Young sometime saw patients while drunk or under the influence of drugs himself.

“Young used his power to prescribe controlled substances to promote his television pilot and his podcast, and to have sex with women, including women who were his patients,” the indictment states. 

Young’s attorney, Claiborne Ferguson, denied all wrongdoing in an interview with The Jackson Sun on Wednesday.

The charges against Young are the culmination of an investigation that has lasted more than two years. DEA agents, dressed in head-to-toe camouflage tactical gear, seized computers and documents during a raid on Young’s clinic in January 2017.

This raided interrupted Young’s long-term goal of becoming a reality TV star. In 2016, Young was the central figure of a pilot for an envisioned reality show, “Rock Doc TV,” which revolved around his clinic in Jackson. It does not appear the pilot ever aired on television, but it remains available on YouTube

In the pilot, Young leans into a rock ‘n’ roll image, wearing a backward baseball cap and sleeveless shirt that shows off his tattooed arms. A heavy metal soundtrack blasts throughout the show, and Young drinks a glass of red wine as he speaks to the camera.

“I may be a little untraditional,” he says during the pilot. “But don’t judge a book by its cover. Because one of the things my patients will tell you is that I’m very passionate about what I do and I’m very good at what I do. I work hard, but I play harder.”

Young was separately investigated by the Tennessee Department of Health, which accused him of overprescribing opioids and other addictive drugs. The case was settled last year when Young agreed to surrender his authority to prescribe powerful medications and put his nursing license on probation.

“He did not admit to having done anything wrong, but we stipulated that the board believed that he had,” said Ferguson, Young’s attorney, in a prior interview with The Tennessean. “Jeff is as legit as they come.”



So, it’s almost like finding hidden pictures in the old Highlights magazine as a kid.

Here is what I found:

  • He is NOT a doctor.
  • “1.4 million addictive pills and 1,500 fentanyl patches over a span of about three years.” That’s a lot, right?
  • “Accepted sex or “notoriety” for his “Rock Doc” brand, the indictment states.” Umm, notoriety is probably not what you want for giving our free Rx of narcs
  • “It is also alleged that Young sometime saw patients while drunk or under the influence of drugs himself.” That’s bad right?
  • Had sex with patients.
  • “I may be a little untraditional,” he says during the pilot. “But don’t judge a book by its cover. Because one of the things my patients will tell you is that I’m very passionate about what I do and I’m very good at what I do. I work hard, but I play harder.” Dude, really?

Sounds like some other idiot who almost got a television show but without all the sex, alcohol and drugs.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  14 comments for ““Rock Doc”?

  1. Ron Fair
    May 15, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Jeffrey Young? Is this an Alias for one Douglas Farrago? Kidding, Bro! Love the Blog.

  2. Shawn Sumner
    May 14, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    I sent you a FB msg. Thought you’d like to see and read a few things.

  3. Andrew Ingram
    May 14, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Come on….the biggest issue is blasting hard rock music while having red wine!

    • Douglas Farrago MD
      May 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm

      Ha. Love it!!

    • Barbara Y.
      May 15, 2019 at 7:59 am

      Seriously? You see that as the biggest issue? Never mind all the assaults on women over the years, but let’s make sure he doesn’t listen to the devils music at work? Seriously?!?!?!?

      • Douglas Farrago MD
        May 15, 2019 at 9:43 am

        You may be new to Authentic Medicine. We are allowed to have some levity here. No one is laughing at what he did that got him arrested. But at the end of the question I asked (about the article): “Anyone want to add something to the list?”. I already brought up the other things. So, yes, what Andrew said is nothing more than levity, that was mocking this POS.

        • sandra williams
          May 15, 2019 at 3:52 pm

          if you are talking about Andrew Rudin, he is a POS for sure and should also loose his license. thanks to him my husband is an invalid and will never get better. Atrial esophagel fistual caused by rudin was my husbands ruin. and rudin ran like a scared rabbit and we never got a dime from him or his ins. in the 1.6 million DEFAULT judgement we got.. he didnt have the balls to even show up for court… dirt bag!!!

  4. CS
    May 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Wow. Just wow. I didn’t know the extent of the allegations in this case. Calling himself “Rock Doc” should have been enough to be investigated by the Nursing Board, but his unethical and illegal behavior is shocking. If these charges are true, his license should be permanently revoked. Who knows how many unintentional deaths through overprescribing and psychological damage through the misuse of his authority over patients for sex he has caused?

    • Shawn
      May 14, 2019 at 11:04 pm

      Two. But the Board of Nirsing never investigated the death. They were both patients of Jeff’s. They both were prescribed, and taking, a dangerous combination of medication. Nobody investigated either death.

      • Katie
        May 16, 2019 at 2:13 pm

        Because the Board of Nursing is inept. They should all be held responsible for the horrific acts Nurse Youngs performed before and after their investigation. And fired!

  5. Dave Mittman, PA
    May 14, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    And that’s why there are Boards of Medicine and Nursing. To, if guilty, take action against people who abuse their abilty to practice. Period.
    Tell me there are not also physicians who have not done the same? C’Mon……

    • Douglas Farrago MD
      May 14, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      There are. And I highlight them as well. You know I do. Search Candy Man on this site. But Rock Doc? He’s also special. And not a doc.

    • Pat
      May 14, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      Have you never read any of my “Docs Gone Wild” pieces?

  6. Jennifer Hollywood
    May 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    “Jeff is as legit as they come.” It seems like he is the opposite of “legit”. Nothing about what he was doing is “legit”.

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