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Tag: OxyContin

DEA: 30+ People Died in County in Arizona from Counterfeit Painkillers

Synthetic opioid tablets

Synthetic opioid tablets laced with fentanyl.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA said more than 30 people died in Maricopa County in Arizona from counterfeit oxycodone pill laced with fentanyl.

The county confirmed 32 deaths from black-market pill between March 2015 to February 2017, the Arizona Republic reports

The DEA said the counterfeit pills were manufactured in Mexico and smuggled into the U.S.

“What we have is a rapidly expanding opioid-based drug addiction in the country, and we have Mexican drug cartels adjusting to push dangerous drugs on streets,” said Doug Coleman, special agent in charge of the DEA in Arizona. “…They think they’re taking oxy, but they’re actually taking fentanyl, and it’s lights out.”

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Jersey City Councilman Arrested Over Pain Pill Prescriptions

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Vincent A. Esposito may need some painkillers to kill the pain from being arrested.

The Madison,  N.J., city councilman, who is also a medical doctor, was arrested Thursday  for writing fraudulent pain pill prescriptions, New Jersey Today reported on Friday. DEA agents and state authorities raided his office.

Vincent A. Esposito, 54, of Madison, New Jersey, also a medical doctor, was arrested on Thursday by officials from the state and the DEA following a search of the doctor’s offices.

Esposito was charged with the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance–namely, OxyConton–and conspiracy, stemming from an investigation of the DEA and the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau. Local law enforcement agencies assisted the investigation as well.

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Sen. Schumer to DEA: Pharmacies Need More Protection

Alum Sen. Charles Schumer

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is concerned about American pharmacists. There have been about 1,800 pharmacy robberies in the past three years, he has said in calling for increased protection for pharmacists, reports UPI.

Schumer blames the robberies on the increased ability to obtain highly addictive pain medications like Oxycontin, and in a letter to the DEA has called for increased security infrastructure at pharmacies, local access to DEA data on pharmacy thefts and an increase in the maximum sentences for pharmacy related crimes–up to 20 years per offense, according to UPI.

“The guidelines and regulations issued by the DEA to pharmacists do not meet the challenges faced by 21st century pharmacies and do not fully protect pharmacists from the awful violence prescription drug addicts are willing to inflict in order to steal schedule II narcotics and should be updated to reflect this frightening new reality,” Schumer wrote in the letter to the agency.

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Grandma Led 3-Generation Drug Ring

OxyContin/dea photo

OxyContin/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

Nancy Bell is not your typical grandma. Just ask the feds and the sheriff’s department in Lee County, Va.

Authorities say the 64-year-old Tennessee grandmother, who suffers from heart ailments, and her daughter Iris Gibson, 45, and granddaughter Misty Parker, 23, illegally trafficked in OxyContin. The powerful narcotic painkiller sometimes is referred to as “hillbilly heroin.”

Earlier this week, Bell pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Va., to multiple counts of distributing OxyContin and maintaining a place for distribution of controlled substances. Her daughter and granddaughter had already pleaded guilty.

All are awaiting sentencing on June 8 before U.S. District Judge James P. Jones. All potentially face serious prison time.

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