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WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 1

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.

05/14/2012

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Data Shows ‘Rapid’ Rise In NYC Painkiller Prescriptions

The data released on Wednesday also showed that 8,000 health care providers, about 15 percent, wrote the vast majority of those prescriptions, more than 80 percent.

05/02/2012

Police are still looking for this unapprehended suspect (credit: NYPD)

Second Suspect In East Harlem Pharmacy Robbery Caught In Rhode Island

On April 12, two armed men walked into RX Center Pharmacy on First Avenue and 119th Street around 11 a.m. and demanded Oxycontin, Percocet and cash, police said.

04/24/2012

Police are still looking for this unapprehended suspect (credit: NYPD)

Second East Harlem Pharmacy Armed Robbery Suspect Still At Large

Cops are still searching for a suspect who they said was able to escape during a wild shootout after he and another suspect tried to rob a pharmacy in East Harlem.

04/13/2012

John Capano

Lawmakers Gearing Up To Put An End To Painkiller Prescription ‘Doctor Shopping’

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.

01/03/2012

Police say a man armed with an airgun robbed this CVS Pharmacy on Aug. 15, 2011. (credit: Mike Xirinachs/WCBS 880)

Suffolk Police Investigate Pharmacy Robberies In Selden And Sayville

The robberies come just two months after June’s Medford pharmacy massacre which left four people dead.

08/16/2011

Parkway Pharmacy - Brooklyn, NY - Jul 15, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Brooklyn Pharmacy Wants It Known – They Don’t Sell Prescription Painkillers

A tragedy on Long Island is having an impact in Brooklyn.

07/15/2011

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Schumer Calls For Crackdown On Prescription Drugs In Wake Of Medford Pharmacy Massacre

On Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer said that the abuse of prescription narcotics is reaching levels not seen since the crack epidemic of the 1980s and early 1990s.

06/26/2011

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