Prescription Painkillers

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Conn. Lawmakers Look To Combat Growing Heroin Crisis

Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty hosted the “Community Conversation on Heroin,” at Waterbury City Hall.

04/17/2014

Sen. Schumer calls on feds to pull potent new painkiller Zohydro ER off shelves, citing no protections to prevent abuse, March 3, 2014. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

Schumer: ‘Hard To Believe’ Potent New Painkiller Approved Without Protections In Place

Sen. Charles Schumer was joined by family members of people impacted by prescription drug use on Monday, pushing for Zohydro ER to be pulled from shelves.

03/03/2014

Surveillance photo of crowd outside Astramed Physicians in the Bronx, from July 9, 2013. Dr. Terdiman is seen in a white shirt, pointing, in the center. (credit: Office of the NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor)

Prosecutors: Bronx Clinic Doctors Wrote Bogus Prescriptions For 5.5 Million Oxycodone Pills

The ring operated out of Astramed, a purported medical clinic with multiple locations in the Bronx, prosecutors said. The pills have a street value of up to $550 million.

02/05/2014

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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.

11/14/2013

Prescription painkillers (file/credit: CBS 2)

DEA: 15,000 Pounds Of Prescription Drugs Turned In At N.J. Take Back Event

About 30,000 pounds of prescription drugs are turned in and destroyed annually in New Jersey, officials said.

11/01/2013

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (file/credit: Schneiderman For AG)/ Prescription drug bottles (file/credit: CBS 2)

New York State Law Aimed At Ending Prescription Drug Abuse Takes Effect

As of Tuesday, doctors must check a patient’s narcotic prescription history before issuing or refilling a prescription.

08/27/2013

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FBI: ‘Manhattan Madam’ Kristin Davis Charged With Selling Prescription Painkillers

According to federal officials, Davis allegedly sold hundreds of pills, including oxycodone, for cash.

08/06/2013

Hydrocodone (file/credit: CBS 2)

Schumer Launching Campaign To Reclassify Addictive Prescription Drug

Hydrocodone, better known by its brand name Vicodin, is derived from opium poppy like heroin.

05/06/2013

FILE - Oxycodone Pills (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

AG: New York Psychiatrist Admits To Selling Painkillers To Drug Dealers

Dr. David Brizer, 60, pleaded guilty to felony drug sale, drug possession and conspiracy charges as well as tax fraud.

03/01/2013

FILE - Oxycodone Pills (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

AG: Manhattan Doctor Illegally Sold Prescriptions For Millions Of Dollars Worth Of Painkillers

Dr. David Brizer pleaded not guilty to the charges in Rockland County Court and remains free on bail. If convicted, Brizer could face up to seven years in prison.

02/11/2013

Dr. Robert Gibbs/Ronald Vaughan (L-R). (credit: Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor)

Harlem Doctor Indicted On Charges Of Illegally Selling Painkiller Prescriptions

Dr. Robert Gibbs was arraigned on charges that he supplied the head of a narcotics trafficking ring, Ronald Vaughan, with 700 prescriptions for oxycodone, amounting to 130,000 pills, according to prosecutors.

01/31/2013

Prescription painkillers (file/credit: CBS 2)

New Awareness Campaign Launches To Fight Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

According to the The Partnership at Drugfree.org, one in six teens has used prescription painkillers to get high and nearly two-thirds of teens who misuse prescription medication get the pills from family members and friends.

09/25/2012

Oxycodone

Suffolk County Grand Jury Addresses Prescription Painkiller Abuse

The panel has offered several solutions and recommendations to address the epidemic after hearing testimony from 38 witnesses and considering 123 exhibits.

05/24/2012

Oxycodone

City Council Holds Hearing To Address Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Witnesses testified that prescription painkiller abuse has become a major multimillion dollar drug epidemic in the city.

04/25/2012

FILE - Oxycodone Pills (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

NYC Woman Sentenced In Ice Cream Truck Oxycodone Conspiracy

A New York woman identified by prosecutors as the “lynchpin” of a black market prescription painkiller ring has been sentenced to six months in jail.

06/27/2011

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