Oxycodone trafficking creates chaos for drug stores – Pocono Record

In this March 26 photo provided by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of
New York, authorities raid the home of John Romagnolo in Cresco. Romagnolo is one of 49 people who were arrested as part of a smuggling ring that trafficked at least $10 million worth of prescription drugs across three states.

Prescription painkiller addiction has become (more…)

Schumers Asks FDA to Reconsider Rules for Generic Oxycodone – CNY News (subscription)

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced that he is urging the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to prevent a potentially significant increase in violent prescription drug thefts.

He also asked the FDA to look closer at an addiction to a dangerous drug that could be caused by the release of a generic version of oxycodone next month. A generic version (more…)

Man gets eight years for selling oxycodone – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

A Jefferson Hills man who sold the prescription narcotic oxycodone on the street was sentenced Monday to eight years and nine months in prison.

John Paul Larcinese, 32, was accused of writing fake prescriptions using the Drug Enforcement Agency numbers of real doctors but with phone numbers that he controlled so he could field pharmacy verification calls.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to (more…)