85-year-old Staten Island doctor who doled out oxycodone shouldn’t be jailed … -…

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Citing his age and his wife’s failing health, a Grant City family doctor who helped fuel Staten Island’s prescription-drug epidemic shouldn’t go to prison, his lawyer contends.

Dr. Felix Lanting, 85, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, after Brooklyn federal prosecutors accused him of running a pill mill out of a “makeshift” medical office at (more…)

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…)

Springfield police seeking public’s help in identifying suspect in armed theft … -…

SPRINGFIELD – Police have released several surveillance photos of a man suspected in the armed theft of 600 oxycodone tablets from Springfield drug store on Saturday and are asking the public for help in identifying him.

According to police, a man pulled a gun on the pharmacist at the Walgreen’s at 501 Sumner Ave. at the “X” at around 7 p.m. Saturday. (more…)