Raleigh Co. doctor sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug charge – West Virginia Record

BECKLEY – Raleigh County doctor Michael Kostenko pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a federal drug charge.

Kostenko, 61, appeared in front of U.S. District Judge Irene Berger on Aug. 23. In April, he pleaded guilty to one of the 22 criminal drug counts.

He faced one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises; 19 counts of distributing (more…)

Cramer: This company finds oxycodone replacement – CNBC

GW Pharmaceuticals has created a drug that could replace the opioid oxycodone as a leading prescription painkiller, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said.

The U.K.-based company said Monday that the results of the final phase III trials of Epidiolex — a cannabis-based drug meant to treat children’s epilepsy— have been successful, (more…)

Rat Study Suggests Oxycodone Can Cause Long-term Behavioral Changes – PsychCentral.com

By Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on November 18, 2014

Rat Study Suggests Oxycodone Can Cause Long-term Behavioral Changes

New research using a rat model suggests even brief usage of the painkiller oxycodone may impair behavior in a person even after use of the medication ends.

Investigators believe use of oxycodone may result in a “cognitive hangover” that can lead to enduring brain changes that (more…)