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January 26, 2002 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kurt Warner said that he had never taken a pain-relieving injection before a game. He also said that he might do so tomorrow. Those two statements by the St. Louis quarterback yesterday afternoon, coming about 50 hours before the Rams' NFC championship meeting with the Eagles tomorrow, tell you all you need to know about Warner's uncertain status. Warner, listed as probable for the game at the Dome at America's Center, practiced yesterday at Rams Park and reported slight improvement in his bruised ribs and the related back spasms that had shut him down Wednesday.
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April 11, 2001 | By Alicia A. Caldwell INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Bucks County osteopath accused of writing thousands of prescriptions linked by drug investigators to a flash epidemic of OxyContin and Xanax abuse in several Philadelphia neighborhoods pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he practiced medicine without a license. Richard G. Paolino of Bensalem, 59, allegedly wrote more than 1,200 prescriptions for the deadly painkiller OxyContin and the sedative Xanax between Nov. 1 and March 1 alone - many of the orders for high dosages that alarmed area pharmacists.
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February 28, 2001 | MARK LUDAK/DAILY NEWS
Donna Flade (right, at left) is comforted by Barbara Van Guilder last night at community meeting at 26th Police District headquarters, at Girard Avenue near Montgomery, to warn residents of the potentially deadly risk of the increasing popularity of OxyContin abuse. The meeting, packed with residents (below) eager to share their thoughts on the subject, was called after the recent death of Eddie Bisch. Bisch died earlier this month in his sleep after ingesting OxyContin and alcohol.
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June 30, 1988 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Special to The Inquirer
Charges of attempting to purchase a narcotic with the intent to distribute were filed against two South Philadelphia men after police said they tried to buy 2,000 tablets of the painkiller Dilaudid from an undercover Montgomery County detective. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by the detective, Raymond Kuter, Daniel Leone, 42, of the 1800 block of South Mole Street and Andrew Altieri, 33, of the 800 block of Mildred Street, met with Kuter and a third man, known only as "Joe" in the parking lot of the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center last Thursday.
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February 1, 2013
Two Montgomery County sisters were arrested after a two-year investigation and charged with illegally selling prescription painkillers, police said Wednesday. Darrina Slocum, 34, and Ebony Slocum, 32, both of Towamencin Township, were charged with possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy, and related crimes, according to police. Darrina Slocum was arrested Jan. 19 at her home and released on bail. Ebony Slocum was arrested Tuesday after surrendering to police and was taken to the Montgomery County jail after not posting bail.
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September 7, 2012 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer
A NDRE DANIELS rose from his seat at the defense table Thursday afternoon and told U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Perkin that he was employed by the "city of Philadelphia. " Daniels' attorney, Nicholas Guarente, described his client as a public servant who could lose his job because of the federal drug charges he faces. No one acknowledged the elephant in the courtroom: Daniels is a cop - the 49th Philadelphia police officer arrested since 2009. Daniels, 41, a 15-year veteran of the department who is assigned to the 22nd District in North Philadelphia, was indicted Thursday on 14 counts of illegally acquiring prescription painkillers.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2006 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cephalon Inc. engaged in "problematic" practices to promote and increase sales of its narcotic lollipop painkiller, Actiq, according to an investigation by the Connecticut attorney general. Actiq, a berry-flavored pain treatment on a stick, is approved only to treat "breakthrough" cancer pain - a severe spike in pain experienced by patients already being treated with regular pain medication. But doctors widely prescribe it "off label" to treat other types of pain such as migraines and backache, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in an interview.
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June 23, 2006 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A drug task force has arrested three people suspected of distributing a deadly combination of heroin and a powerful painkiller, the FBI said yesterday. U.S. Magistrate Jacob Hart ordered Louis "Bardo" Morales, Osvaldo "Valdi" Seda and Adam J. "Kekito" Torres-Ojeda held on charges of possessing and distributing heroin. Assisted by Delaware County investigators and Chester police officers, the task force seized what agents called "a large quantity" of heroin in predawn raids Wednesday at Morales' home in the 900 block of Walnut Street and at Torres-Ojeda's home in 600 block of W. 9th Street, both in Chester.
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April 1, 2004 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 8-year-old West Philadelphia girl who police said unwittingly ingested the painkiller oxycodone after she found some pills inside her house died yesterday afternoon at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, authorities said. Kalilah Williams, who had been on life support since being admitted in critical condition Tuesday morning, was officially pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m. There was no activity in her brain, according to authorities. Police said blood tests indicated that the child, a second grader at Morton McMichael Elementary School, had oxycodone in her system that was similar to tablets found inside a lunch box at the home.
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November 3, 1987 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
The estranged wife of ex-76ers center Darryl Dawkins apparently killed herself over the weekend with painkillers, authorities in Trenton said yesterday. Kelly Barnes Dawkins, 28, who had been living with her parents in Trenton while her husband trained with the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, was found dead in bed Sunday morning. On a dresser in the bedroom, police found a prescription bottle with 22 painkiller pills missing since the prescription had been filled Friday, according to police sources.
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May 9, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Public health officials are bracing for a new wave of hepatitis C infections, one unleashed by the epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction. The bloodborne virus, on the decline nationally until a few years ago, is rising rapidly among adolescents and young adults, especially in white, rural communities. These are the same areas where a devastating epidemic of prescription opioid deaths first showed up over a decade ago, followed by a wave of heroin deaths. Most of the new hepatitis C patients have contracted the virus by injecting drugs, often crushed pain pills.
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August 31, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new analysis suggests that states that legalized marijuana for pain relief may have averted some deaths from more dangerous painkillers - prescription opioids. But the study also found that states with medical marijuana laws consistently had higher opioid death rates than states without such laws, showing the complexity of this country's opioid crisis. "States that passed these laws are different than states that didn't pass laws," said lead author Marcus A. Bachhuber, an internal medicine fellow at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.
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June 6, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City of Chicago is suing two Chester County drug companies that it claims orchestrated a deceptive marketing campaign to hide the dangers of painkillers, contributing to a national opioid-addiction crisis. The marketing tactics used by Malvern-based Endo Health Solutions and Frazer-based Cephalon were so successful that over two decades, opioids went from being rarely used to the most prescribed type of drug, the suit alleges. "Their deceptive messages tainted virtually every source doctors could rely on for information and prevented them from making informed treatment decisions," says the suit, filed Monday in an Illinois state court.
SPORTS
May 23, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
A LONG, LONG time ago, an Eagles player - one of those freakishly cut offensive linemen from back then, with no body fat at all - lost his mind on the practice field, just attacking everybody he could reach. It was quite a scene, a classic 'roid-rage incident. The next day, the club told reporters that they weren't sure, but they thought it might have been some kind of allergic reaction to a bee sting, and we all wrote it down and put it in the paper the next day. We were such idiots.
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November 11, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a common scenario. A barely-used bottle of Vicodin, prescribed for your teenage son when his wisdom teeth were extracted, sits in your medicine cabinet for months - until your son's friend finds and steals it. Abuse and diversion of opioid painkillers have become a public health crisis, experts agree. The number of overdose deaths has risen relentlessly from 4,000 in 1999 to nearly 17,000 in 2010 - more than 100,000 people in a decade, federal figures show. That's why, after anguished debate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month recommended making it harder for people to get refills of products like Vicodin.
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November 8, 2013 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Heroin-related overdoses jumped nearly 250 percent between 2010 and 2012 in Philadelphia and, depending on how they are measured, slightly more in Montgomery County. In Kentucky, they quadrupled in just one year. Experts say the culprit is actually prescription painkillers. Abuse of the expensive narcotics leads to tolerance - and cravings for more and more. Heroin is the cheap and more powerful alternative. Experts point to a series of events that began when the Food and Drug Administration in 1997 proposed easing the way for advertising of prescription medications on broadcast television, which almost no other country does as freely.
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October 10, 2013 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two new sets of statistics, one national and the other local, starkly illustrate an epidemic of prescription-drug overdoses, which have quadrupled since 1999 and suggest what may come next: a resurgence in heroin deaths. The national report, released Monday by the Trust for America's Health, showed that between 1999 and 2010, deaths from prescription opiates like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin overtook those from heroin and cocaine combined. Pennsylvania had particularly high death rates and low scores for actions taken to prevent them.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Johnson & Johnson has received a subpoena from federal investigators questioning how the drugmaker promotes its opioid painkiller Nucynta, the health-care giant said Friday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among the issues under scrutiny is how the company pays doctors and other health-care providers who write prescriptions. Opioid painkillers can be highly addictive. More nonsuicidal overdose deaths are attributed to them than there are deaths caused by cocaine and heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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July 4, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Middle-aged women are dying from overdoses of prescription opioid painkillers at "skyrocketing" rates, more than five times as often in 2010 as in 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. "Mothers, sisters, and daughters are dying from prescription drug overdoses more than we've ever seen," CDC director Tom Frieden said in a conference call with reporters. The CDC previously reported that deaths from overdoses of prescription opioid painkillers had exceeded those of cocaine and heroin combined.
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