Officials said prescription pills go for about $20 or $25 each on the black market, but a hit of heroin is just $3 to $5.
The NYPD has arrested four people on drug charges, and police were questioning them late Tuesday in connection to drug sales to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Forensic Toxicology Laboratory has analyzed evidence linked to two of the cases and said the substance originally believed to be heroin, actually contained fentanyl in combination with the banned antipyretic metamizole.
Prosecutors have said at least 10 of Dr. Stan Li’s patients died of overdoses and another killed four people in a pharmacy robbery.
A licensed practical nurse was stealing medical waste from nursing homes in Suffolk Coutny in search of a powerful synthetic drug used primarily by cancer patients to feed a drug addiction, authorities said Thursday.