Drugging of America – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

New York – Sales of the nation’s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.

From New York’s Staten Island to Santa Fe, N.M., Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 (more…)

Hydrocodone is a key ingredient in the prescription painkiller Vicodin. (Sue … – WBUR

 

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Hydrocodone is a key ingredient in the prescription painkiller Vicodin. (Sue Ogrocki / AP)

Tens of millions of Americans turn to powerful painkillers to ease their sufferings. But an analysis on the sales of two prescription drugs over a decade is particularly worrisome.

Check out the interactive map below from The Associated Press showing how sales of oxycodone and hydrocodone ballooned from 2000-10. (more…)

Man admits conspiracy to sell narcotics

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

Scott J. Bald, 26, faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both when he is sentenced July 19 by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara .

Bald and Michael McCallum of Buffalo conspired to rob the Clinton Pharmacy on Clinton Street. McCallum jumped onto (more…)