Kratom and oxycodone – Clinical Advisor

I think that kratom is much safer than some of the FDA– and US Drug Enforcement Administration–approved medications, such as oxycodone. I treat patients for opioid addiction, and I have a few who have stopped using opioids and are now on a stable, individualized dose that the patient decides. I know that this takes the control away (more…)

Kostenko pleads not guilty to improperly distributing oxycodone – Beckley Register-Herald

During an arraignment hearing Friday morning in federal court in Beckley, U.S. Magistrate Omar Aboulhosn asked Dr. Michael Merritt Kostenko if he understood the charges against him. 

“Only in the broadest and most general sense,” replied Kostenko, who stood shackled and garbed in an orange jumpsuit. 

The judge proceeded to read aloud the 17 counts of knowingly and intentionally distributing oxycodone not for legitimate medical purposes, and (more…)

Kostenko arrested for improper distribution of oxycodone resulting in death – Beckley…

Dr. Michael Kostenko, who formerly owned and operated Coal Country Clinic in Daniels, was arrested Wednesday on 17 counts of knowingly and intentionally distributing oxycodone not for legitimate medical purposes. 

Kostenko is also charged with three counts of distributing oxycodone that resulted in the deaths of three patients. 

Kostenko’s medical license was initially suspended March 3 after the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic (more…)