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October 19, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pat McGuckin barely recognized her 39-year-old son. Once a personal trainer and bodybuilder, Michael now was exhausted, his limbs bloated, his mood so volatile that he ripped the phone off her wall. He told his worried mother that he was in pain from a car accident but that a doctor was helping him. On Oct. 21, 2007, his younger brother found Michael in bed, his body cold. A few days later, their mother stared at the words on the death certificate, struggling to understand what had killed her son. She dialed Richard J. Hollawell, a friend of Michael's since childhood in Northeast Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 9, 2001 | by Uwe E. Reinhardt
American consumers lost little last week when the Clinton administration scuttled a drug-import bill passed with much fanfare last year by a Congress facing an election. The bill was intended to curb the rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs by allowing Americans to buy American-made medications at lower, regulated prices abroad. In the hunt for affordable prescription drugs, that bill was a toothless tiger. True, drugmakers charge more in America, lowering the price tag for foreign customers who resist higher prices.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2012
Grapefruit's surprising effects prescription drugs Grapefruit can affect the response of 85 drugs, including cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, new anti-cancer agents, and some synthetic opiates and psychiatric drugs, as well as some birth control pills and estrogen treatments. (The list is at http://tinyurl.com/cu9yk3z ) For 43 of the 85 drugs, consumption with grapefruit can be life-threatening, said Canadian researcher David Bailey who compiled the list. Many are linked to an increase in heart rhythm, known as torsade de pointes, that can lead to death.
NEWS
September 15, 2010
Counties in Pennsylvania will participate Sept. 25 in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take-Back Day, asking the public to turn in expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs. According to Katayoun Copeland, Delaware County deputy district attorney, there has been a significant increase in criminal cases related to the abuse of prescription drugs, many obtained from home medicine cabinets. She said there is more abuse of prescription drugs such as oxycodone than there is of cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogenic drugs.
NEWS
June 9, 2011
Delaware County authorities announced charges against 32 people for allegedly peddling prescription drugs in the county. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 23 had been arrested and charged with drug crimes, including intent to deliver and possession. Nine more suspects were sought, police said. The investigation came about after two killings were linked to illegal sales of prescription drugs, according to Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green. - Mari A. Schaefer
NEWS
May 9, 2005 | By Louis Greenwald
Access to lifesaving prescription drugs has been an issue the Legislature has grappled with for years. Although our state provides such programs as Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled and Senior Gold, too many New Jerseyans struggle with the costs of prescription medicines. As chairman of the Assembly's Budget Committee, I understand how the lack of access to lifesaving, life-enhancing medicine affects our state's neediest citizens. Eight million people call New Jersey home; 1.2 million of them either have no health insurance or are underinsured.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1989 | By Marian Uhlman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Solid results from several prescription drugs helped Rorer Group Inc. rack up higher sales and profits during the second quarter. Among the strong contributors were Lozol, a drug for treating high blood pressure, and Azmacort, an asthma drug. However, Robert E. Cawthorn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Fort Washington pharmaceutical company, said he expected third-quarter results to be hampered by the dollar's rise against foreign currencies and a promotional campaign for Maalox antacid, a key product for the company.
NEWS
August 26, 1986 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Noting a "disturbing trend of prescription-drug abuse," state Health Secretary H. Arnold Muller released a study yesterday recommending restrictions on the prescribing and dispensing of amphetamines and other addictive drugs. The study reported that nine medical practitioners were responsible for 23 percent of Pennsylvania's amphetamine purchases in 1984. It also said that state residents that year consumed amphetamines at four times the national average. Philadelphia's amphetamine consumption was 1 1/2 times the Pennsylvania average.
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January 22, 2016 | Staff Report
Six Philadelphia police districts will get drop boxes where residents can safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs under a pilot program announced Wednesday. More than 100 drop boxes have already been installed in suburban counties. Prescription drugs can pollute water systems if dumped down drains and unused medicines - particularly powerful pain killers - can be abused if they fall into the wrong hands. Nearly half of the 650 people who died of overdoses in Philadelphia in 2014 had prescription opioids in their system.
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October 19, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pat McGuckin barely recognized her 39-year-old son. Once a personal trainer and bodybuilder, Michael now was exhausted, his limbs bloated, his mood so volatile that he ripped the phone off her wall. He told his worried mother that he was in pain from a car accident but that a doctor was helping him. On Oct. 21, 2007, his younger brother found Michael in bed, his body cold. A few days later, their mother stared at the words on the death certificate, struggling to understand what had killed her son. She dialed Richard J. Hollawell, a friend of Michael's since childhood in Northeast Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For more than a year, a team of burglars has been breaking into pharmacies and ATMs across the city, making off with large amounts of cash and prescription drugs, Philadelphia police say. Now, the department is asking for the public's help in catching the men who have been implicated in seven burglaries and an attempted burglary so far - targeting four pharmacies and four ATMs since March 2014. Police say the burglary team is made up of three to four men who have struck all over the city - in Kensington, Overbrook Park, Fern Rock, Eastwick, University City, Manayunk, and the Far Northeast.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
CHRISTOPHER Saravello, a former Philly cop, was federally indicted yesterday for allegedly running an extortion scheme when he was still on the force. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Saravello, 37, worked with three middlemen to allegedly shake down local drug dealers and drug buyers to the tune of $9,800 worth of drug money, Oxycontin and other narcotics. City payroll records show that Saravello joined the police force in 2007. The extortion scheme ran between November 2011 and June 2012, when he was assigned to Chinatown's 6th District.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
College is supposed to be a place to open one's mind to new ideas, but too often it has become a place to begin abusing prescription drugs - assuming that wasn't first tried in high school. "Colleges get a new crop of eager high school graduates each year," U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said in his opening remarks to a gathering Wednesday at Temple University. "Unfortunately, one of the lessons these students failed to learn in high school is the risks with prescription drugs, and that can play itself out on campuses throughout the country.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Woodbury Board of Education member who resigned from the post abruptly this year did so after, according to court records, he was charged with giving two minors unspecified medication. Curtis Campbell, 43, was arrested Feb. 24 and charged with distributing prescription drugs to two unidentified minors, child endangerment, and child abuse relating to the drug disbursement, according to complaints filed by the Woodbury Police Department and provided by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
CAMDEN An inmate who died at the Camden County Jail last year had suffered toxic effects from a combination of prescription drugs, authorities said. Evelina Heredia, 23, of the Stockton section of Camden, was found dead in October. This week, authorities said toxicology tests confirmed the cause of death. The woman suffered adverse effects from taking a combination of Tramadol, Doxepin and Cyclobenzaprine, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
January 12, 2014 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
Buying prescription drugs overseas is back on the national agenda. Maine recently allowed residents to buy drugs from pharmacies in Canada, England, New Zealand, and Australia, triggering a lawsuit from the pharmaceutical industry. And a bill introduced last month in Congress would let people buy drugs from countries with safety rules similar to our own. Prescription drug prices here are generally higher than anywhere else in the world. While it is technically illegal for U.S. citizens to import drugs manufactured here and exported, it is a fact of today's world.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN When Alyssa O'Brien started going in 2010 to Dr. Richard Ruth for prescriptions, she said, all she had to do was tell the Souderton general practitioner that she had injured her back in a car accident before moving to the area. The story was a lie - there was no accident and, before taking them herself, O'Brien gave the pills to her boyfriend, who sold them. Still, the Oxycodone and Xanax pills flowed by the hundreds for about a year - so quickly that Ruth wrote new prescriptions faster than she could have used them, O'Brien told a Montgomery County jury on Tuesday.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE TINICUM Township pizzeria owner who wanted a piece of his customer's pie conspired with a teenage employee to steal a $2,500 winning lotto ticket the loyal customer had accidentally left behind at the shop, according to Tinicum Township police. When police searched Anthony's Pizza after the ticket was reported stolen, they allegedly discovered that pizza was not the only way the shop owners were making dough. Prescription drugs and drug-packaging material allegedly were found in the shop.
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