Prescription Painkillers

Conn. Lawmakers Look To Combat Growing Heroin CrisisDemocratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty hosted the "Community Conversation on Heroin,'' at Waterbury City Hall.
Schumer: 'Hard To Believe' Potent New Painkiller Approved Without Protections In PlaceSen. 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.
Prosecutors: Bronx Clinic Doctors Wrote Bogus Prescriptions For 5.5 Million Oxycodone PillsThe 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.
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.
DEA: 15,000 Pounds Of Prescription Drugs Turned In At N.J. Take Back EventAbout 30,000 pounds of prescription drugs are turned in and destroyed annually in New Jersey, officials said.
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.
FBI: 'Manhattan Madam' Kristin Davis Charged With Selling Prescription PainkillersAccording to federal officials, Davis allegedly sold hundreds of pills, including oxycodone, for cash.
Schumer Launching Campaign To Reclassify Addictive Prescription DrugHydrocodone, better known by its brand name Vicodin, is derived from opium poppy like heroin.
AG: New York Psychiatrist Admits To Selling Painkillers To Drug DealersDr. David Brizer, 60, pleaded guilty to felony drug sale, drug possession and conspiracy charges as well as tax fraud.
AG: Manhattan Doctor Illegally Sold Prescriptions For Millions Of Dollars Worth Of PainkillersDr. 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.
Harlem Doctor Indicted On Charges Of Illegally Selling Painkiller PrescriptionsDr. 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.
New Awareness Campaign Launches To Fight Teen Prescription Drug AbuseAccording to the The Partnership at, 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.
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