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CNNMoney: Crime turns oil boomtown into Wild Westupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 06:46:00

As oil companies pump more and more crude out of the ground and workers from around the country arrive to cash in on the black gold rush, a new wave of crime has taken over the once quiet towns of Northwestern North Dakota.

Four shot execution style in pharmacyupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 22:00:00

New York authorities are searching for a gunman wanted in the killings of four people inside a Long Island pharmacy.

Painkillers are a gateway to heroinupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 22:00:00

This past winter, I found myself following a drug dealer and his crew up the dark stairway of a triple-decker apartment building on the outskirts of Boston. Reaching a unit on the top floor, the young man pulled a gun from his waistband and set it on a coffee table next to a digital scale and a pile of drugs.

Addicts putting pharmacies under siegeupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 09:40:00

Less than two hours after picking out a man in a police lineup who held up his drugstore, pharmacist Mike Donohue was being robbed.

Pill-addicted robbers target pharmaciesupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 09:40:00

A surge of violent robberies has many pharmacists on edge, CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

CNNMoney: Prescription drugs worth millions to dealersupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 08:51:00

Prescription drug abuse, now the fastest-growing drug problem in the country, has created a ballooning street market for highly-addictive pain relief, anxiety and depression drugs.

Rapper DMX sent to prisonupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 14:31:00

Rapper DMX -- more formally known as Earl Simmons -- has been sentenced to a year in prison after his recent arrest for violating terms of his probation, a court spokesman said Thursday.

Oxycontin, similar drugs up fracture, heart attack riskupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 16:25:00

Doctors are increasingly turning to Oxycontin and similar painkillers to treat arthritis and other conditions in older people, but the drugs may not be as safe as once thought.

Rapper DMX arrested on probation violation in Arizonaupdated: Sat Nov 20 2010 08:46:00

Troubled rapper DMX is back behind bars in Arizona for violating his probation.

DEA event encourages safe disposal of old prescription drugsupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 16:56:00

The Drug Enforcement Administration urged Americans on Saturday to turn in their old and unused prescription drugs as part of an effort by the agency to stop a rise in prescription drug abuse.

People.com: Levi Johnston's Mom and Sister Hope to Be Invited to the Weddingupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 05:47:00

Don't leave out Sherry and Mercedes Johnston, they want Levi and Bristol to know

How physicians try to prevent 'doctor shopping'updated: Fri Apr 30 2010 10:56:00

Former child actor Corey Haim had prescriptions for as many as 553 dangerous drugs in the last year of his life, and it's the result of "doctor shopping," California's top law official said Tuesday.

AG: Corey Haim was 'poster child for doctor shopping'updated: Tue Apr 06 2010 16:02:00

Actor Corey Haim was the "poster child" for the problem of addicts "doctor shopping" for dangerous drugs, California's top law enforcement official said Tuesday.

People.com: Arrest Made in Drug Ring Linked to Corey Haimupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 12:27:00

But the suspect may not have directly supplied the drugs that caused the actor's death, an official says

Pregnant and addicted, mothers find hopeupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 10:39:00

Some are girlish 22-year-olds; others are women approaching 40. They come from South Carolina's rural counties and its booming cities. They are loud and muted, lively and vacant, hopeful and desperate.

People.com: Medical Examiner Rules DJ AM Death an Accidental Overdoseupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 16:07:00

The popular deejay had a number of drugs in his system at the time of his death

People.com: Source: DJ AM Had Nine OxyContin Pills in His Bodyupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 12:47:00

Authorities also found a Valentine's card from an ex-girlfriend, the source tells PEOPLE

Source: DJ AM had nine OxyContin pills in his bodyupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 12:21:00

Was it a suicide or an accident?

Commentary: Danger in your pill bottleupdated: Wed Aug 12 2009 07:32:00

Prescribed opioids -- pain medication -- have become the fastest-growing addiction problem in the United States. They are second to marijuana as the most commonly used illicit substances.

Using dentists as dope dealersupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 14:05:00

Kenny Morrison soaked in life from his beachfront home. A top chef at a trendy L.A. restaurant, he served dinner to the Hollywood stars, including A-listers.

Dental dopersupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 14:05:00

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports on addicts who are turning to dentists for prescription drugs like coedine and vicodin.

People.com: Attorney Defends Michael Jackson's Doctorupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 07:28:00

No Demerol or Oxycontin given to the singer - but a valiant effort to save his life, says lawyer

People.com: Levi Johnston's Mom Says Families Not at Warupdated: Thu May 14 2009 10:08:00

Sherry Johnson, who is awaiting trial on drug charges, says grandson Tripp was able to visit her at home

Recovery high school a 'soft landing' for post-rehab teensupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 13:16:00

It was Halloween night when 12-year-old Lucy Gross picked up her first marijuana cigarette, starting a spiral from which she is still struggling to recover.

Teens stay clean at special HSupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 13:16:00

Recovering teens can go to special high schools to help them stay clean. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

People.com: New Trial Date Set for Sherry Johnstonupdated: Sun Feb 15 2009 13:19:00

The mother of Bristol Palin¹s fiancé will answer to six felony counts in May

People.com: Levi Johnston's Mother Speaks Outupdated: Fri Jan 09 2009 12:59:00

"I'm in pain," says the recently-arrested grandmother of Bristol Palin's child

People.com: Levi Johnston's Mom Busted in Undercover Drug Raidupdated: Sat Dec 20 2008 20:08:00

Sherry Johnston – set to be grandmother to Bristol Palin's baby – faces six felony charges

OxyContin bust nets 56 Miami-Dade government employeesupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 20:02:00

Fifty-six government employees -- including a police officer, a felony court clerk, two corrections officers and 27 school bus drivers and attendants -- were arrested in a scam that used health insurance information to fraudulently obtain prescriptions for the painkiller OxyContin, authorities said Wednesday.

Time.com: Can Oxytocin Ease Shyness?updated: Mon Jul 21 2008 19:00:00

It's called the "love hormone," and it's been shown to mitigate symptoms of social disorders like autism. Now some manufacturers are touting it as a shyness remedy

SI.com: Peter King: Favre has a message for Strahanupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 16:56:00

Over the phone from Mississippi, Brett Favre had a message for Michael Strahan this morning.

Time.com: Methadone Deaths Rising in New Englandupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 18:00:00

Nationwide, methadone deaths are increasing at a faster rate than any other drug-related deaths, the National Center for Health Statistics reported in February

People.com: Feds Focus on Heath's Vicodin, Oxycontin Supplierupdated: Sat Mar 01 2008 13:22:00

After clearing two doctors, investigators look for how Ledger obtained the painkillers

People.com: Report: Doctors Cleared in Ledger Investigationupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 15:22:00

Feds determine that they met with Heath but did not prescribe the most powerful drugs

People.com: Feds Probe Doctors in Heath Ledger's Deathupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 20:22:00

Physicians in California and Texas are under investigation by the DEA

Time.com: Rudy: All Business updated: Thu Dec 13 2007 00:00:00

The former New York City mayor parlayed his experience into opportunity. He got rich, but who were his clients?

Crack cocaine sentencingupdated: Wed Dec 12 2007 10:06:00

CNN's Kelli Arena profiles a mother fighting to reduce wide disparities in federal prison terms for cocaine offenders.

Medicine and moralityupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 09:45:00

Should doctors refuse treatment if it conflicts with their religious beliefs? CNN's Randi Kaye takes a look.

Time.com: U.S. Reports of Drug Reactions Tripleupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 16:00:00

Reports of dangerous side effects and deaths from widely used medicines almost tripled between 1998 and 2005, an analysis of U.S. drug data found

South, Appalachia beset by painkiller abuseupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 23:29:00

When his craving for painkillers got to be too much, Steve Dotson lay down and let his wife drive a car over his leg. It hurt, but he could dismiss the pain with thoughts of the medicated bliss that would follow.

AP analysis: Use of pain meds skyrocketingupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 23:28:00

Retail sales of five leading painkillers nearly doubled over the last eight years, reflecting a surge in use by patients nationwide who are living in a world of pain, according to a new Associated Press analysis of federal drug prescription data.

Time.com: Punishing OxyContin's Makerupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 10:25:00

Why a record fine against has the left the families affected by the drug unsatisfied.

CNNMoney: Purdue in $634 million settlement over OxyContinupdated: Fri Jul 20 2007 06:22:00

Purdue Pharma agreed to pay out $634 million to defendants in its OxyContin settlement with federal authorities based in West Virginia.

People.com: Winona Ryder Finally Speaks Out About Her Arrestupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 15:22:00

With her career getting back on track after several years of self-imposed exile, Winona Ryder is talking for the first time about her December 2001 arrest after she'd been videotaped trying to make off with merchandise from the Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue.

SI.com: A proud father, a power-hitting son and a lifetime of memories in one memorable seasonupdated: Fri Jun 15 2007 08:37:00

Excerpted from Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball by Dan Shaughnessy published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Copyright � 2007 by Dan Shaughnessy. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.

CNNMoney: Purdue settles OxyContin charge for $600Mupdated: Thu May 10 2007 10:31:00

The maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma LP, agreed Thursday to a $600 million penalty as part of a plea deal with the Justice Department on a felony charge of misleading and defrauding physicians and consumers, the government said.

CNNMoney: OxyContin maker to pay $19.5M settlementupdated: Tue May 08 2007 14:00:00

Drugmaker Purdue Pharma said Tuesday it would pay $19.5 million to 27 U.S. states for marketing its pain reliever OxyContin for off-label use and for failing to properly disclose the drug's potential for abuse and addiction.

CNNMoney: FDA to consider depression-fighting machineupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 11:07:00

Millions of Americans have gotten used to popping pills for depression, but the antidepressant of the future might be a machine that pulses magnetic waves through the brain.

CNNMoney: Abuse-resistant OxyContin faces hurdlesupdated: Fri Jan 19 2007 11:17:00

Durect is developing an abuse-resistant form of the addictive painkiller OxyContin that has a good shot at being a blockbuster, but it faces a minefield of potential patent battles.

Study: Teens getting high on legal drugsupdated: Thu Dec 21 2006 09:01:00

Slightly fewer adolescents abused illegal drugs and alcohol in 2006, but fairly high numbers of them continued to abuse prescription narcotics, according to a new study.

CNNMoney: Radio tags not yet tuning out fake drugsupdated: Thu Oct 12 2006 12:01:00

Imagine this: a worldwide network of radio-tagged pharmaceuticals, weeding out the multi-billion dollar counterfeit drug market with a universal security system.

CNNMoney: U.S. Customs relaxes enforcement on drugs from Canadaupdated: Wed Oct 04 2006 14:56:00

The U.S. Customs department is relaxing its enforcement on the importation from Canada of pharmaceutical drugs for personal use, much to the ire of the industry's trade organization.

CNNMoney: Teva settles generic OxyContin suitupdated: Tue Aug 29 2006 08:47:00

Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world's biggest manufacturer of generic drugs, has settled a patent infringement case with The Purdue Frederick Company over generic OxyContin, the companies said.

Expert: Good medicine meets bad behaviorupdated: Tue May 16 2006 11:33:00

A new study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America warns that prescription drug abuse among teens is increasingly common. About 1 in 5 teens has tried a prescription painkiller such as Vicodin or Oxycontin to get high, the study found, and many parents aren't picking up on the warning signs.

CNNMoney: Keeping tabs on Viagra et alupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 11:45:00

Big Brother is watching your Viagra. And your OxyContin. And, within five years, maybe the rest of your medicine cabinet, too.

showbuzzupdated: Fri Sep 16 2005 16:17:00

Mindy McCready has been released from jail on $50,000 bond on a charge of probation violation.

Fortune: Seven Stocks to Bet On updated: Mon Sep 05 2005 00:01:00

DANGER! DANGER! THE TABLES YOU JUST perused may be harmful to your portfolio.

School workers charged in drug ring bustupdated: Thu Aug 04 2005 16:57:00

Federal officials on Thursday arrested 29 people in the Miami-Dade County area, including a number of low-level school employees, and charged them with attempting to obtain the narcotic OxyContin to distribute it.

CNNMoney: Illegal drugs? Just click away.updated: Fri Jun 17 2005 11:13:00

Pssst! Want some Viagra? How about Xanax? Prozac?

A new charge for Love: Assault with a deadly flashlightupdated: Thu Jun 10 2004 11:21:00

Rebel rocker and courtroom fashion plate Courtney Love is expected to surrender to Los Angeles authorities Friday to face new charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

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