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.
Francesco Miceli is accused of selling Oxycodone hydrochloride pills several times to an undercover police officer at Miceli Brothers Pizzeria and Restaurant.
An incident on April 25 tipped off authorities to the drug ring after a woman successfully filled out a prescription at a Glen Rock pharmacy and another man showed up an hour later trying to fill the same prescription.
Veteran narcotics detectives, accustomed to shutting down heroin mills and tracking cocaine cartels, have had to learn some new tricks and drug overdose deaths rival those from car crashes, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
Witnesses testified that prescription painkiller abuse has become a major multimillion dollar drug epidemic in the city.
According to her attorney, Joanne Connelly was a typical middle class soccer mom from Long Island, but prosecutors said otherwise.
Eric Schneiderman wants to see a new real time database that would report and track certain controlled substances to prevent doctor shopping.
The suspects are charged with turning the South Shore of the Island into a veritable supermarket for drugs, with everything from oxycodone pills to cocaine and LSD for sale.
The family of one of the victims killed in the Medford pharmacy massacre says they are filing a lawsuit against a number of defendants, including the Suffolk County Police Department and the owner of the pharmacy where the killings took place.
Prosecutors have said at least 10 of Dr. Stan Li’s patients died of overdoses and another killed four people in a pharmacy robbery.
Dr. Deni Carise, chief clinical officer of Phoenix House, a substance abuse treatment center, says there are a number things you can do.
An Oxycodone epidemic is running rampant through New York State, according to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
A grand jury probe into “doctor shopping” on Long Island is underway in the aftermath of the Medford pharmacy massacre and the New Year’s Eve killing of an off-duty ATF agent in Seaford.
Dr. Frank Telang was arrested at his home in Port Jefferson Station at 8:15 a.m., according to federal authorities.
The New York Times reported that if Derek Boogaard had lived, he would have likely slipped “into middle-age dementia.”