“Gateway to Heroin” Documents the Link between OxyContin and Heroin

In 2009, Current TV correspondent Mariana von Zeller traveled to South Florida to report on the prescription drug pipeline that stretches from the beaches of Miami to the hills of Appalachia.  Her documentary, "The OxyContin Express," won a Peabody Award for its depiction of the impact of Florida's prescription drug epidemic on addicts, law enforcement officials and prisoners.  Now von Zeller has produced a new documentary called "Gateway to Heroin" that exposes how prescription opiate addicts are turning to heroin for a cheaper high. For "Gateway to Heroin," von Zeller focused on the situation in Massachusetts, where prescription pills have become the most popular street drugs.  Many drug dealers travel to Florida (referred to by von Zeller as the "Colombia of prescription drugs") to obtain prescription drugs illegally, bringing them back to Massachusetts to sell on the street.  In an article on the CNN website, von Zeller states that more people are abusing prescription drugs than heroin, cocaine and Ecstasy combined. The most abused prescription drugs are painkillers that…

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Justice For Henry – Some are Not Taking this Laying Down

More Sadness and Loss but Also More Internet Activism We sometimes read something that re-invigorates our mission to put an end to the loss of innocent life due to irresponsible drug laws and medical practices. For another moving example of those who choose not to grieve silently but rather stand up to be heard, visit this site: http://justiceforhenry.com/about-henry/ You will be moved as we certainly are. Happy 4th of July and le'ts hope the coming year brings us closer to Justice for Henry.

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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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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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The Facts about Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drugs are currently one of the most abused categories of drugs in America, surpassed only by marijuana.  They are even more widely abused than street drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.  Part of the attraction of prescription drugs is that they are relatively easy to obtain from doctors or prescription drug dealers.  They can be found in the medicine cabinets of many households, easily accessible to family members and visitors.  As a result, a growing number of people are abusing prescription drugs and becoming addicted. The National Institutes of Health has reported that an estimated 20 percent of people in the U.S. have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons.  The most highly addictive prescription drugs are narcotic painkillers (OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet), tranquilizers (Valium, Xanax, Ativan) and stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin). Prescription steroids, which increase muscle mass and may be prescribed for muscle-wasting conditions like cancer and AIDS, are also subject to abuse by athletes and non-athletes who want to improve their appearance or performance.  The non-medical use of steroids…

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Billboard of the Day

Someday, it will all just be a memory. This billboard speaks for itself and the messag it carries is being echoed far and wide.  OxyContin (and other prescription medications) are addictive and deadly. It is through grass roots actions like this that the hearts and minds of Americans are being won over and the perception of OxyContin is changing to reflect more accurately how addictive and deadly the drug is. The tide is turning as new actions develop. Some examples: - CVS Announces it is blacklisting inordinate prescribers of narcotic painkillers (in Florida) - Doctors in Florida are facing  increasing punishment for unethical prescribing behavior - There is a powerful "grass roots" movement to raise awareness about OxyContin - Pharmaceutical Executives are being punished for irresponsibly unleashing this drug on the populace - Shocking (and often deadly) pharmacy robberies are occurring more and more frequently Read our blog, join us on facebook, or follow us on twitter to spread this message and be a part of the solution.

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