July 21, 2007
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“That’s the bad guy.” So… what that make you? Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don’t have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There’s a bad guy comin’ through! Better get outta his way! ~ Scarface
Old school drug kingpin compared to today’s more acceptable version, The Doctor Dealer.
Dr. Michael Brown, 53, who practiced internal medicine in Sandwich for 21 years, seemed stunned after the verdict. He was led away in cuffs to return for an afternoon sentencing. For 10 counts of Medicaid fraud, 16 counts of writing illegal prescriptions — a violation of controlled substance laws — and felony larceny, he was sentenced to 2½ to 3 years in state prison and 5 years probation. Jurors deliberated for 14 hours over three days, ultimately finding that Brown prescribed OxyContin, Roxycodone, and an oxycodone and acetaminophen mixture for no medical purpose.For a 30-month period, Brown was the state’s second largest prescriber of OxyContin, prosecutors alleged. But that argument, along with $61,000 in cash, pills and an incriminating letter improperly seized from Brown’s Jaguar, was not allowed into evidence.~ Cape Cod Online
Unfortunately, the nice demeanor and family lifestyle don’t make up for the fact that he is still just a drug dealer and now a common criminal.
June 16, 2007
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The National Center on Addiction and Drug Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) has a plethora of information when it comes to substance abuse. They have recently released a report entitled “You’ve Got Drugs!” that is a detailed study on so called online pharmacies that often sell drugs without a prescription. These drugs include:
Opioids: Codeine (Schedule II or III versions), Diphenoxylate (Lomotil), Fentanyl (Duragesic), Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Meperidine (Demerol), Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) and Propoxyphene (Darvon)
CNS Depressants: Benzodiazepines including Alprazolam (Xanax), Chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride (Librium), Diazepam (Valium), Estazolam (ProXom), Lorazepam (Ativan), and Triazolam (Halcion); and barbiturates including Mephobarbital (Mebaral), Pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal) and Secobarbital (Seconal)
Stimulants: Amphetamine-dextroamphetamine (Adderall), Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), Dexmethylphenidate HCl (Focalin) and Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
Addictions to such (normally) prescribed drugs often involve the added challenge of overcoming the rationalization that because the drugs are not illegal or “street”, that it’s really OK. All online pharmacies are not illegal, and can even be a boon for those too sick or who lack the physical resources to get their medications. But those that peddle highly addictive narcotics without bothering with a prescription or doctor’s orders are nothing more than drug dealers and bottom dwellers.
Click here, so that you can download the free study.