Amid a recent trend of abuse and violence involving prescription painkillers, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Wednesday lauded a new measure aimed at stemming the problem.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 12 – NYS Health Dept. Gets Retooled For Prescription Drug Abuse
Terry O’Leary, the new head of the New York State Health Department’s Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, has his work cut out for him, retooling an agency to deal with the overprescribing of prescription painkillers.
The panel has offered several solutions and recommendations to address the epidemic after hearing testimony from 38 witnesses and considering 123 exhibits.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 10 – Mother Distrusts Doctors After Son’s Overdose Death
Maria Basmas just experienced her first Mother’s Day without her son Christopher. He died in October after overdosing on prescription painkillers. He was only 29-years-old.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 9 – Recovering Painkiller Addict Blames Doctors For Epidemic
Recovering painkiller addict Michel Green told WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell he was shocked when, after experiencing knee pain, a doctor offered him another addictive painkiller.
Customs officials at New York area airports are cracking down on a drug called khat. Authorities at JFK’s International Postal Facility told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello that they are seizing the drug by the ton.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 8 – Dr. Battles Pharmaceutical Co.’s In Fight Against Overprescription
“The sales for these medications continue to skyrocket, to a point at which the U.S. is now consuming more than 80 percent of the entire world’s opioid supply,” Dr. Andrew Kolodny told WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell.
It usually takes a celebrity death to grab the headlines, but there have been 100,000 fatal overdoses in this country in the past 10 years because to narcotic painkillers, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
New Jersey State Police have arrested a Middletown Township couple for drug distribution and possession of a massive cache of weapons.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 6 – Law Enforcement’s New Focus On Painkiller-Related Violence
Narcotic painkillers and the doctors who prescribe them illegally have become a new focus for law enforcement, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
He lost his dream job with the Boston Celtics and nearly lost his life to Oxycontin and heroin, but now he’s a man on a mission, traveling the country telling his powerful story to vulnerable kids, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
Highly addictive opiate based painkillers are with us because they do have legitimate uses. But things can go very wrong, as Gregg Dworkin, now an ex-addict, found out, reported WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell.
Police said Ronny Lacaliano was caught thanks to the new intelligence-driven policing policy. They allege Lacaliano robbed 19 places to feed a crack addiction.
In spite of a New York State Health Department order telling stores to stop selling synthetic marijuana, it is still available. The product has been found in stores all around New York, from bodegas in the Bronx to gas stations on Long Island.
School districts on Long Island are getting a lesson in drugs. Faculty members and parents are learning how to spot signs of drug use among students.