Ryan Frische, 27, is charged with robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy in Port Jefferson Station. (Credit: Suffolk County Police)

Man Accused Of Robbing Long Island Pharmacy Of Cash, Oxycontin

A man was arrested Tuesday charged with robbing a Port Jefferson Station Rite Aid pharmacy of cash and Oxycontin pills.


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Expert: L.I. Teens Taking Handfuls Of Drugs At Random At Parties

Authorities on Long Island are warning about the hazards of so-called “Skittles” drug parties, which seem to be gaining in popularity.


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Report: Prescription Drug Abuse Database Back In Operation Following Hardware Problem

The outage frustrated some doctors, who use the system to check whether patients seeking pain pills like OxyContin have already gotten prescriptions from other physicians.


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Harlem Doctor Sentenced To Prison For Writing Bogus Prescriptions

Dr. Diana Williamson had hoped to avoid prison time by revealing that she suffers from a multiple personality disorder.


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Chris Herren Heads Back To Staten Island To Tell Story Of Drug Addiction

About 1,000 high school students from 13 schools filled the St. George Theatre on Staten Island on Tuesday to hear from Chris Herren talk about drugs.


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NYC Authorities Charge 21 With Selling Prescription Medications On Craigslist

“Whether the drug deal occurs on the street corner or on the Internet, it’s a crime,” Bridget Brennan, special narcotics prosecutor for New York City, said Thursday in a statement announcing the arrests.


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Prosecutors: L.I. Doctor Charged After 2 Patients Die From Oxycodone Overdose

Stunning charges have been levied against a doctor accused of causing the deaths of two of his patients. In a federal indictment, the Long Island physician is charged with over-prescribing deadly doses of OxyContin.


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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.


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WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 11 – Undoing The Damage Of The Painkiller Push

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 5 – Staten Island’s Drug Death Problem

In all of New York City, Staten Island has the biggest problem with addiction and death by Oxycontin, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.


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WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 4 – Ex-NBA Star, Drug Addict Now On Mission

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.


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WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 3 – NBA Star’s Downward Spiral

At 21-years-old, Chris Herren was a huge talent in professional basketball, but his drug addiction proved to be even bigger.