Authorities on Long Island are warning about the hazards of so-called “Skittles” drug parties, which seem to be gaining in popularity.
About 30,000 pounds of prescription drugs are turned in and destroyed annually in New Jersey, officials said.
As of Tuesday, doctors must check a patient’s narcotic prescription history before issuing or refilling a prescription.
According to federal officials, Davis allegedly sold hundreds of pills, including oxycodone, for cash.
Hydrocodone, better known by its brand name Vicodin, is derived from opium poppy like heroin.
Dr. David Brizer, 60, pleaded guilty to felony drug sale, drug possession and conspiracy charges as well as tax fraud.
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.
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.
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.
The panel has offered several solutions and recommendations to address the epidemic after hearing testimony from 38 witnesses and considering 123 exhibits.
Witnesses testified that prescription painkiller abuse has become a major multimillion dollar drug epidemic in the city.
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.
An investigation uncovered crooked doctors, rogue Internet sites and web-based applications in New Jersey are stymieing attempts to fight an epidemic of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse.