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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

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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

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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

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Police: Suspect In S.I. Narcotics Bust Starred As Blue Fairy In Rap Video

Sharissa Turk, who authorities said works at Edible Arrangements on Staten Island, and 31 others between the ages of 18 to 54 face multiple charges.

02/15/2013

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WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 11 – Undoing The Damage Of The Painkiller Push

Major pharmaceutical companies saw dollar signs when they first began to push doctors to freely prescribe powerful opiate-based painkillers for just about anything, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported. Now there is a major public health crisis.

05/24/2012

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WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 9 – Recovering Painkiller Addict Blames Doctors For Epidemic

Recovering painkiller addict Michel Green told WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell he was shocked when, after experiencing knee pain, a doctor offered him another addictive painkiller.

05/22/2012

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.

05/16/2012

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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.

05/15/2012

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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.

05/14/2012

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Data Shows ‘Rapid’ Rise In NYC Painkiller Prescriptions

The data released on Wednesday also showed that 8,000 health care providers, about 15 percent, wrote the vast majority of those prescriptions, more than 80 percent.

05/02/2012

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L.I. Doctor Weighs In On Alarming New Federal Painkiller Abuse Statistics

Federal statistics reveal that treatment for prescription painkiller abuse has skyrocketed a whopping 430 percent over the last decade.

12/09/2011

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Schumer Calls For Crackdown On Prescription Drugs In Wake Of Medford Pharmacy Massacre

On Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer said that the abuse of prescription narcotics is reaching levels not seen since the crack epidemic of the 1980s and early 1990s.

06/26/2011