Star Ledger: Holmdel M.D. Called 'A Danger to the Public' by State

Roger Lallemand Jr., who was recently approved to sell medical marijuana, is coming under scrutiny by state officials.

UPDATE: Lallemand agreed to a license supension amid charges. Read the May 9 story on nj.com.

Just a month after Holmdel resident Dr. Roger Lallemand Jr. received special permission to be one of a small number of doctors statewide approved to prescribe medical marijuana, his practices have come under question by the attorney general's office, says the Star Ledger. 

In a front page report in the May 6 Sunday Star-Ledger, the newspaper describes a complaint filed last week with the state Board of Medical Examiners, in which Lallemand is said to have written thousands of prescriptions for powerful painkillers when not medically necessary. In some cases, the  complaint states, when there was clear evidence the patients were selling or trading the pills.

Lallemand is expected to appear Wednesday before the Board in Trenton to address an undercover investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the Star Ledger.

Roger Lallemand, M.D.  of Holmdel, practices in Old Bridge, Asbury Park and Keyport with Healthpoint Medical Group.

Click here to read the full story and complaint on NJ.com.

BrickAmericanMan May 07, 2012 at 07:48 PM
He has helped me with my injuries and did a good job too. He was very thorough with his exams and I would not go to anyone else.
mywords May 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Who is kidding who...he is making money off the backs of the sick and the vulnerable....I hope he gets his day in court ....and the truth comes out for whatever it is....if he is too free and loose to prescribe drugs, then the court system should lock his very rich butt up and show him the consequences of his actions
Mac May 08, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Finally! I've been waiting so long for this to happen
janice early May 08, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I hope he rotes in hell for all the young people he has gotten addicted to pain killers.
Sean P May 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
He is also billing people's insurance companies for services not rendered. Prostate exam for a 24 year old? I don't think so!
Martin B. Brilliant May 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Wait a minute. He hasn't been tried yet, let alone convicted. All we know is that there are allegations that came after he got his license for medical marijuana. This is not proof, and it may be just misguided drug enforcement. Let's wait and see.
Sol May 10, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Hey is a great man and an awesome doctor who knows how to treat and care for all individuals. All you wicked prejudice hateful people trying to bad mouth this man need to cut it out!!! Stop trying to crucify the man for being a young wealthy intelligent man of color who all different races creeds and colors love and admire. Cut it out!!!! If you don't have anything to say positive shut your disrespectful ignorant mouths!!! Judge people by their character and their heart to help people not their complexion!!!!!! Dr. Lellemand we love u!!!!!!
Andre Hudson May 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Doctor Lallemand has been a great doctor and friend to me, my wife and my mother. He is a good man and should not be prejudged. He has a good heart and this may be why he is in this situaution. Take care Doc, I hope everything works out for the best. A.H. Florida
Lisa Anderson May 14, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Dr. Lallemand is a great dr. and not only treated me as a patient but as a family member. I've never met a doctor with a heart of compassion as Dr. Lallemands. I'e always gotten full examinations and hes always spent plenty of time talking to me about my condition and medications and other treatments that may help me. I hope this is bad judgement on the DEA's part. Everyone makes mistakes and Dr. Lallemand is in not way tryig to KILL anyone. He's very compassionate about helping everyone that comes to him for help. Dr. Lallemand, I hope everything works out and I hope to see you back in the office helping patients again. You are truly a wonderful physician and theres no physicians out there that care about patients the way you do. Your in my prayers!!!!!
John May 15, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Great doctor. Treated my back pain and he never once offered me any pain medication. I tried 3 different doctors all of who did nothing for me but offer me meds. I've been prescribed paid medication after having cavaties filled. Why isnt my dentist being investigated?
John May 15, 2012 at 02:12 AM
The article states the "agent" said he was sufferig from back pain. If anyone of you went to your primary and stated the exact same thing, i guarentee 95 percent will be prescribed something considered a cds. This is such bull. They are going after him because they couldn't get Calicio before he died.
d tender May 15, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I should buy stock in suboxone for all of u pill heads. Or heroin use will increase! Everyone knows he would write you whatever u wanted. Nice work DEA! Saved lot of people with him out of the loop
DCHF May 15, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Dr. Lallemand is a great Dr. he found what was wrong and guided me in the right direction to the road to recovery. However its Amos Katz who gives out unnessecarry meds. If one doctors investigated why not all.
Mike Shor May 23, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Dr. Lallemand, Treated my Crohns's Disease with hormone therapy 4 years ago when I had many problems. Within a few days the Crohn's disappeared. He is being attacked for unorthodox methods that go against the norm. Well geuss what, it really works. I am trouble free four years later. Dr L if you need me I am here. You know who I am, just give me a call. I will be a material witness for you. Thank you. Mike
Diane Sjoblom May 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM
your obviously not a patient. dont judge a person u dont know. he saved my husbands life. very happy to be stuck with you doc.
Rosetta Pressimone July 13, 2012 at 09:27 PM
mike July 23, 2012 at 06:33 PM
denise l August 05, 2012 at 09:22 PM
he is an awesome doctor has helped me for years not just with pain meds but other problems ive had its a shame this has happend to him if investagatn him why not them all???? Denise
Bill Garra September 30, 2012 at 02:14 AM
He a great doc, I remember when he started out always caring. He is state of the art and cuting edge I don't take pain killer s just blood. Presure pills. I don't know if he is the best dr but he's the best I ever seen. Miss him. Bill from Sleepys
Terri Johnson January 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Terri This is" Not True" it's ridiculous! Dr.L charges less then any pain doctor I ever met! gives more personal care then any Dr. I ever met! Most pain Dr's charge an average of $350 to walk in their door!Dr L doesn't charge more then $150!Does NOT just help w/ pain meds! He uses his brain to sincerely figure out what's wrong! Reason he had many patients is b/c he checks deeply!.If meds are needed for quality of one's life,holding a job & taking care of a family,He will help with what it takes to keep one out of bed, living life, so one may remain in society, instead of bed, and a burden on the disability system & family members who must take care of them.When one has chronic debilitating pain, what ever it takes, to be healthy, moving,living,should be done!Not many Dr's see this truth& let people suffer!
Terri Johnson January 23, 2013 at 11:41 PM
You are very wrong!It's politics involved.plus an angry'person, b/c they didn't get what they want!Not all on pain med's are drug fiends!There are ill people in agonizing pain daily, who WANT to keep their jobs!Who DON'T want disability! If it takes med's to keep chronic pain patients working,living life to it's fullest, then it's wrong to deny ill people who don't abuse it!.I told Dr.L a comment I saw, on internet,"They would get him".DR L told me not to worry! He kicked a man out who was selling his meds. Told me he won't keep people not using meds properly,"out of fear of revenge"!As soon as DR.L suspected, he let him go,&don't think these people, don't want revenge!The guy said he would find a way to make his life miserable.I saw it on a site where people comment on their experience with a doctor.Then after This horrible thing happened to DR L, I went back to the site & didn't see the comment anymore! Now go figure!.Things are not always what they seem!People need to get off the "all pain meds are bad thing" & see if it were themselves stuck in a bed in agony, would rather have the pain meds!.A normal person who doesn't want to be a bum in bed ,living off others,& the system, would choose pain meds!SADLY, I'm seeing many people turned away,who need pain meds!who are in chronic depression being denied medicine need to hold their jobs!No meds,No Life to speak of, b/c they have a condition causing pain 24/7!What if it were you?Would one deny a diabetic his daily medicine?
Terri Johnson January 24, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Yes,but just a part of a whole political corruption within our government! DR. L, beat to a different drum..."They" don't like that!
Terri Johnson January 24, 2013 at 02:48 AM
HOW ABOUT ALL THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE NOT GIVEN THE PROPER TREATMENT, NOT BEING ABLE TO GO TO WORK!?Not all people who take pain med' become addicts & abuse it.There are times,one may need pain med's to function.(Apparently,you are not one of these people.(yet)Be careful!Passing judgement the way you have here!one day you may find yourself in agony! And since people such as yourself are making it extremely hard to get pain medication, scaring almost every doctor into not giving it!By the time your day comes, it's looking as though one may not be able to get pain meds. anymore!.. Maybe u have never experienced such pain you cannot even make it out of bed to get to the bathroom in the morning?Some people get very ill in their life time, young or not!If they choice to abuse something, be it food, sex,another human being, an animal,Alcohol, or medication, then they need emotional therapy!But no one should be denied medication when it is here for a reason, and someone is in agony, not being able to function,I know a 26 y old girl. Doesn't drink, smoke do drugs.works at a bank for yrs.has RA, Lupus,&disc injury!doesn't want to leave her job 4 disability!She's tormented day&night in pain!Used all paid sick, personal,&vacation days,in agonizing pain,not able to work.yet loves her job!The times teeth got pulled,was such relief, from a week of pain med's.Could work well!Why is a 26yr old denied med's,which make her normal,so she can continue to work&be useful? '
Terri Johnson January 24, 2013 at 02:53 AM
And why not?My 16 yr old nephew had that included in his physical exam through a well known hospital clinic on a well check up!Perfectly appropriate thorough exam!
Terri Johnson January 24, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Amen to this comment!! I really miss DR.Lallemand...I need his expertise right now!
Peter Naughton February 15, 2013 at 10:46 PM
This is a man who on a sunday opened his surgery center called in staff t give me an epidural shot because I was in so much pain that my BP was off the chart and I couldn't walk without screaming, couldn't get in any position without being in an amount of pain that was unimaginable. This Dr. performed this procedure knowing he would never be paid for it because it has to be pre approved. If he hadn't interceded I would have been in emergency surgery getting 4 discs fused. Thats what the ortho at Jersey Shore Me wanted to do. Dr Lallamand knew I didn't want that operation unless we ran out of options.
Peter Naughton February 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM
What he did saved me from a horrible surgery that rarely has a good out come. He didn't get a dime for it. He had to pay his Nurse his tech and his anethstesiologist. By the next day I had some relief. A week later I had major relief. He has successfully been able to keep my quality of life at a level superior to any other Dr I've been to see. He also helped me dodge a surgery that I don't want to get until the rate of success and the methods improve. So before you go calling the man a criminal. and I remind you he is NOT under indictment, maybe you could consider the timing of the action and the fact that the Star Ledger never used the term alleged. That paper interviewed me and several other patients who had positive things to say and declined to print any of them. In fact the reporters were working closely with the DOJ. DR L was given only three days to mount a defense so obviously he opted to turn in his lic. until he could put together a proper defense but the truth of the matter is that the state doesn't want any of these drugs prescribed for any reason. T
Peter Naughton February 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM
they harrass the pharmacists, patients and Drs to the point where no doctors want to practice pain management in this state. I happen to be one of the afor mentioned junkies because I require these mds to live anything close to a normal life. My MRI. Discography, Melegrams and other tests all bear this out and every DR I've seen agrees that I require this treatment. Before long I expect I will not be able to get it because some people abuse these drugs. I don't yet I'm being punished for their actions. I got these injuries putting out a fire in the course of my job and having a building collapse on my head. I guess that makes me a pill head. Perhaps some of you people calling Dr Lallamand a criminal which is something he has not even been accused of except by some of you. If the DEA had a case they would have prosecuted by now and they haven't, and calling me a pill head because I require medications that others seem to have a problem with the meds I take might consider some of what I've written and STFU until you have some clue what and who you are talking about. Or not whatever you like.
Mike Mondano March 16, 2013 at 05:56 PM
I know what constant pain feels like....many of you are lucky enough not to....now the dr. will give you meds if you ask for them because he is a PAIN MANAGEMENT DR. and what works for you may be advil or something much stronger so the guidelines are in place to keep things legit and maybe some dr.s give you a few chances if your urine test is wrong...just to be sure it wasn't a false positive but there is worse out there than this guy...You are the one going and asking for it so why blame him?
Surviving March 27, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Former patient need a new doctor. Dr L was great helped me so much. Anyone know of a good doctor in the area It seems Old Bridge office is closed


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