Medicare Dispensed Over $4.1 Billion To SeniorsWith an overdose epidemic worsening, nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries received at least one prescription for commonly abused opioids such as OxyContin and fentanyl in 2015.
Man Accused Of Robbing Long Island Pharmacy Of Cash, OxycontinA man was arrested Tuesday charged with robbing a Port Jefferson Station Rite Aid pharmacy of cash and Oxycontin pills.
Expert: L.I. Teens Taking Handfuls Of Drugs At Random At PartiesAuthorities on Long Island are warning about the hazards of so-called "Skittles" drug parties, which seem to be gaining in popularity.
Report: Prescription Drug Abuse Database Back In Operation Following Hardware ProblemThe outage frustrated some doctors, who use the system to check whether patients seeking pain pills like OxyContin have already gotten prescriptions from other physicians.
Harlem Doctor Sentenced To Prison For Writing Bogus PrescriptionsDr. Diana Williamson had hoped to avoid prison time by revealing that she suffers from a multiple personality disorder.
Chris Herren Heads Back To Staten Island To Tell Story Of Drug AddictionAbout 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.
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.
Prosecutors: L.I. Doctor Charged After 2 Patients Die From Oxycodone OverdoseStunning 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.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine - Part 12 - NYS Health Dept. Gets Retooled For Prescription Drug AbuseTerry 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.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine - Part 11 - Undoing The Damage Of The Painkiller PushMajor 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.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine - Part 10 - Mother Distrusts Doctors After Son's Overdose DeathMaria 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.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine - Part 9 - Recovering Painkiller Addict Blames Doctors For EpidemicRecovering 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.