Upstate NY parents imprisoned for giving lethal dose of oxycodone … – NewYorkUpstate.com

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A New York couple has been sentenced to prison for giving their emaciated and disabled 5-year-old son a lethal overdose of the opioid painkiller oxycodone through his feeding tube.

Broome County Court Judge Kevin Dooley sentenced 46-year-old Charles Burks to 13 years and 40-year-old Jennifer Burks to nine years in prison on Thursday. They had pleaded guilty to (more…)

Fake oxycodone appearing on Albuquerque streets – KOB 4

Dr. Christian Shaw with Duke City Recovery Toolbox, an Albuquerque recovery center, said his clinic has seen about 20 people test positive for a drug called “blue.” It’s a man-made cartel-driven drug. Shaw said this time last year, they didn’t see any of this affecting our population. Drug Enforcement Administration officials say drug cartels are pushing fake oxycodone pills, lacing them (more…)

Lorcaserin Quells Cravings For Oxycodone And Other Opioids – ReliaWire

Lorcaserin, a prescription weight-loss pill decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone, researchers have confirmed. Opiate abuse is a major public health problem and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths from prescription opiate overdose in America has quadrupled since 1999.

High relapse rates, and too few people remaining in treatment programs long (more…)