Doctor Charged in Oxycodone Deaths Backs out of Plea Deal – West Virginia Public…

A Raleigh County doctor accused of illegally distributing painkillers to three patients who later died has backed out of a plea deal.

Dr. Michael Kostenko was expected to enter into a deal with prosecutors on Monday and plead guilty to one count of distribution. Instead, Kostenko pleaded not guilty.

Kostenko, who ran Coal Country Clinic in Daniels, faces multiple counts of distribution charges, (more…)

Police seize painkillers after stakeout – Delmarva Daily Times

A stakeout and a suspended driver’s license led to narcotics officers seizing¬†195 prescription painkillers, according to charging documents.

Shawn A. White, 31, was taken into custody Feb. 2 after a traffic stop in the area of Nanticoke Road and Rockawalkin Drive, district court records show. White had been under investigation since January under suspicion of (more…)

Doc Charged in Oxycodone Death on One Side of the Hudson Found Dead on the Other -…

The death of an accused pill-pushing doctor in Monroe, NY adds a new dimension to the case of a wide-ranging Hudson Valley opiod drug ring.

The case blew open after a teacher died in 2015 from an overdose of oxycodone and alprazolam, and authorities alleged his death was connected with an operation run by a doctor who wrote thousands of medically unnecessary (more…)