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2008-08-17 21:00:13

From 1998 to 2006, the number of methadone prescriptions increased by 700 percent, according to DEA figures. Between 1999 and 2005, deaths that had methadone listed as a contributor increased nearly fivefold, to 4,462, a number that federal statisticians say is understated because states do not always specify the drugs in overdoses. By Erik Eckholm and Olga Pierce The New York Times Suffering from excruciating spinal deterioration, Robby Garvin, 24, of South Carolina, tried many...

2008-07-25 09:00:48

BRAINTREE - A Marshfield man has been arrested for allegedly selling OxyContin painkilling pills. Appearing in Quincy District Court on Monday, Michael J. Gorman, 47, pleaded innocent to charges of possession of OxyContin with intent to distribute and resisting arrest. Police said they received a tip that a man named "Mike" would be in the Quincy Avenue area Monday afternoon to sell OxyContin. The suspect would be driving a gray GMC pickup truck and arriving at a Quincy Avenue business...

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2008-07-09 06:00:00

By Tom Kisken, Ventura County Star, Calif. Pain patients understand why California's attorney general says he needs to raise $3.5 million to stop addicts and drug dealers who use doctors to stockpile Vicodin and OxyContin. Abuse of prescription medicine is rampant in part because chronic pain can put your head in a vise and reduce you to a lump of flesh unable to do anything but lie on a sofa, said Bob Ramos of Santa Paula, whose spine has been surgically fused. It can feel as if "someone...