prescription drug abuse

New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan (credit: Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor)

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.


Chris Herren in Beverly Hills, CA - Jul 27, 2011 (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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.


Chris Herren plays for the Boston Celtics at the Wachovia Center - Philadelphia, PA - Nov 11, 2000 (credit: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.


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WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 2 – Ex-Addict Recovers To Help Others

Highly addictive opiate based painkillers are with us because they do have legitimate uses. But things can go very wrong, as Gregg Dworkin, now an ex-addict, found out, reported WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell.


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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.


Prescription Drug Pill Bottles (file / credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Nassau Conference Focuses On Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Studies show that 4.5 million American children above the age of 12 have abused prescription drugs, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.


Thomas Dale, Steven Skrynecki, and Ed Mangano - Mineola, NY - Feb 23, 2012 (credit: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINS)

Nassau Burglaries On The Rise; Weather, Prescription Drug Abuse Blamed

The nice weather and men and women trying to get money to feed their prescription drug habits are two main reasons police in Nassau County said burglaries are up 70 percent from the beginning of last year.


Nassau County police cruiser (file/credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Nassau Minority Leader Blasts Mangano Police Closure Plan

Under a new plan announced by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on Monday, four of the county’s eight police precincts would close and be turned into community policing centers to save money.



New Jersey Begins Tracking Prescription Drug Sales

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 Americans a day die from prescription drug abuse — more than heroin and cocaine combined.