The Life and Times of a Teenage Oxycodone Dealer – Pacific Standard

Austin Serb mashed the pedal on his 1994 Mazda RX-7 and wound it up way past 100. It was six days before Christmas, 2012, and he was running late. Serb, then 19, had downed gallons of water and vitamin B-12 tablets to flush out prescription painkillers, cocaine, and whatever else might be lingering in his bloodstream.

His girlfriend sat in the passenger (more…)

Doctor arrested by feds for alleged oxycodone, fentanyl scheme – Newsday

Ernesto Lopez, a New York-licensed doctor, after he was arrested on Nov. 2, 2017. Lopez and two other defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Photo Credit: DEA Photo

A doctor who operated clinics in Franklin Square, Manhattan and Jackson Heights, Queens, was arrested Thursday by Drug Enforcement Administration agents for illegally writing thousands of “medically unnecessary” prescriptions for oxycodone (more…)

Deadly Fentanyl Disguised As Prescription Pills – Hartford Courant

When a Hamden man texted his dealer for four 30-milligram oxycodone in March, he may not have known what he was actually buying.

It wasn’t until after the 30-year-old man died that it was discovered those pills were dangerous counterfeits.

An autopsy revealed the victim, not identified by authorities, overdosed on drugs including fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times stronger (more…)