Opioid addiction can be overcome through medication – AnnArbor.com

I started taking oxycodone for chronic back pain, but now I’m addicted to it. I’ve heard there may be medications that can help me quit.

DEAR READER:

Oxycodone, like morphine, codeine and hydrocodone, is an opioid drug. Opioids are among the most powerful painkillers available. They can also produce a feeling of well-being and euphoria.

Opioids affect the brain by attaching themselves to structures (more…)

2 convicted of selling drugs at Mass. VA hospital – Boston.com

BOSTON—Two military veterans have been convicted of selling drugs to others at a Veterans Administration hospital in Massachusetts.

Federal authorities say 49-year-old Steve Jakaitis of Lowell pleaded guilty Thursday to distribution of buprenorphine and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, while 53-year-old David Robson of Tewksbury pleaded guilty to distribution and conspiracy to distribute of oxycodone.

Prosecutors say the men sold drugs to undercover agents (more…)

Second person in Portsmouth drug sweep to plead guilty

BRENTWOOD — A second person arrested during a citywide drug sweep in Portsmouth last year is expected to plead guilty to charges he sold amphetamines, marijuana and Oxycodone to an informant working with police.

Stephen Gerbino, 36, of Rochester struck a plea deal with county prosecutors just before he was set to go on trial this month in Rockingham County Superior Court, (more…)