The Oxy Epidemic that Turns Good People Bad

      Before the Fathers Day Massacre Melinda Brady, 29, was convicted of third-degree burglary and obstructing governmental administration with a set bail at $1.5 million bond or $175,000 cash. Her Husband David Laffer,33, was convicted for first-degree murder for the victims of the Medford Long Island New York pharmacy massacre. Read our Coverage of the Father's Day Massacre Read our Coverage of the Arrest of the Father's Day Murderer This event has shattered many families and have left police speechless being “the most cold-blooded robbery-homicide in Suffolk County history,”  As Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney John Collins said. Police Commissioner Richard Dormer was at a loss of words for Laffer and Brady, because they were a couple with out any previous criminal records or history of violence. Dormer said, “It is very difficult to comprehend this…to suddenly engage in this type of violent behavior is beyond understanding. It doesn’t make sense. I don’t have the answer.” OxyContin Epidemic in America Brady and Laffer fell into the epidemic…

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Fathers Day Pharmacy Shooter Caught and Pleads Not Guilty

The suburban neighborhood in Medford Long Island New York will never forget this years’ Father’s Day. That’s because four innocent lives got brutally executed in a local pharmacy by a man robbing the store for Oxycodone.  The assailant took only the drugs and left all the money. Read our "Father's Day Massacre" story. Suffolk County police examined the video footage from the pharmacy’s security cameras. Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said, “[This is] one of the most heinous, brutal crimes we have ever encountered.” The video showed David Laffer,33, walk into the pharmacy calmly and started small talk with the pharmacist Raymond Ferguson at the counter. Then without warning Laffer pulled out a .45-caliber pistol and shoot him in the abdomen. Then Laffer cornered 17-year-old pharmacy clerk Jennifer Mejia into an aisle and shot her twice. Then he returned to Ferguson and shot two more bullets into his head. Then he filled his backpack with about 10,000 Oxycodone and other norco painkiller medications. He tried to cover his tracks as…

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OxyContin Addicts Lay Siege to Pharmacies

When Seattle pharmacist Mike Donohue started his career two decades ago, he never dreamed that he would someday be packing a gun each day at work.  Nor did he imagine that pharmacies would require security cameras and bullet-proof glass to stop stray bullets from injuring passers by.  Unfortunately, a string of 6 recent robberies has forced Donohue to adopt a siege mentality.  Each of the armed robbers was seeking one thing – OxyContin. Pharmacy robberies that target OxyContin are on the rise across the country and Washington State has been particularly hard hit.  Most of the thieves are addicted to the drug and some are drug dealers who can get up to $5,000 on the street for a single bottle of OxyContin.  Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, maintains an online database of pharmacy crimes that are related to the drug.  The RXPatrol website shows more than 2,000 robberies reported in the past 7 years.   This actual number is probably much higher since it represents only the robberies reported.…

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Black Market OxyContin Worth Millions

  Black Market OxyContin Worth Millions Prescription drug abuse has created a growing black market demand for pain killers like OxyContin as well as for drugs used to treat depression and anxiety.  Using data from federal law enforcement agencies, CNN recently published a comparison of street versus legal prescription drug prices: OxyContin: up to $80 on the street compared to $6 with a prescription. Hydrocodone and/or Vicodin: up to $25 compared to $1.50. Percocet: up to $15 compared to $6. The high price of black market OxyContin and other illegal prescription drugs is driven by a growing demand.  Even after the release of OxyContin's new formulation the drug is the primary target of opiate addicted abusers. The DEA reports that 7 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2009, up 13% from 2008.  The agency expects there to be another double-digit percentage change in users in 2010.  Abuse of prescription drugs has spread throughout the nation, with major cities like New York, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles being especially hard…

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Glen Alexander – A Life Ended Too Soon Part I

Glen Tyson Alexander February 17, 1987 ~ July 2, 2010 Glen always said, He didn't have a purpose in life.  He did.  He does. Glen was born in Whittier, CA on February 17, 1987.  He was the youngest of six children (2 brothers and 3 sisters).   He wanted to be born feet first, but instead they did an emergency c-section.  He was the third one of my children to be diagnosed as extremely ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and was started on medication in second grade.  By eighth grade he didn't want to take meds anymore.  He told me, "I know they make me behave better, but I don't like the way they make me feel".  He always dealt with anxiety and depression and was diagnosed bipolar as a young adult. Whatever his problems were, they didn't keep his family and friends from loving him. He had a unforgettable smile, a very funny sense of humor, and a way of living life to the fullest.  He had his own…

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