prescription drug abuse
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.
At 21-years-old, Chris Herren was a huge talent in professional basketball, but his drug addiction proved to be even bigger.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 Americans a day die from prescription drug abuse — more than heroin and cocaine combined.