New York authorities say they’ve shut down a prescription drug ring that made more than $80,000 in illegal sales.
The doctor, 64-year-old Rohan Wijetilaka of Manhattan, was arrested Wednesday night. His practice in Yonkers was raided Thursday by federal agents.
Soon, when you got to a doctor in New York, he or she will be able to see all of the prescriptions you’ve had for painkillers.
One of those charged, a doctor from Great Neck, is accused of conspiring to distribute oxycodone to “shoppers” he knew were reselling to addicts, prosecutors said.
Major pharmaceutical companies saw dollar signs when they first began to push doctors to freely prescribe powerful opiate-based painkillers for just about anything, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported. Now there is a major public health crisis.
Jose Garcia Acosta bought thousands of prescription painkillers each week on New York City streets and sold them in eastern Massachusetts, making millions of dollars, prosecutors said.
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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.
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.
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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.