Yet another disgraced doctor has pleaded guilty to dealing out highly addictive painkillers like candy, federal prosecutors in Manhattan say. This time, the axe fell on Felix Rodriguez, a 52-year-old Manhattan physician living in the Bronx, who pled out to distributing 1,000 Oxycodone pills. He'll b ... More >>
Though there are a couple of dozen well-known athletes named in yesterday's blockbuster Miami New Times story on Florida "anti-aging" doctor -- i.e. PED dealer -- Anthony Bosch and his now closed Coral Gables clinic, Biogenesis. The player that everyone is focusing on is, predictably, Alex Rodrigue ... More >>
New York has had the whole medical marijuana conversation for a while (end result: fail) and legalizing marijuana, if only for medical purposes, has its twists and turns here. Even with the roll back of the draconian Rockefeller drug laws by Cuomo, being the world capital of weed arrests sure doesn' ... More >>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently came out in favor of pot policy reform, announcing Monday that he wanted to decriminalize public displays of just less than one ounce of weed.
As we reported then, the move was heralded by pretty much everyone, except maybe Republicans in Albany. Just today, the Wall Str ... More >>
Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies dropped the hammer on the illegal prescription drug trafficking biz this morning in a sweep that netted nearly 100 arrests, including two doctors and one nurse practitioner.The most arrests occurred on Staten Island, where law enforcement officials s ... More >>
Last week, a trial in Brooklyn started off with a strange twist. At the federal criminal trial of James Rosemond -- a/k/a Jimmy Henchman -- one of the first things Rosemond's attorney did was kick an unemployed journalist named Chuck Philips out of the courtroom by naming him a witness in the case. ... More >>
For our Northeastern neighbor, it's a shame 4/20 was two weeks ago. This morning, after 10 hours of debate, the Connecticut Senate voted 21 to 13 on a bill that will legalize marijuana for medical usage. After already being cleared in the House, the "green" legislation heads to the desk of Gove ... More >>
Not too long after data came out questioning whether America might be addicted to painkillers, additional details have been released about New York City's pill popping.
From 2008 to 2010, prescriptions for opioid analgesics surged 22 percent, according to The Associated Press (via CBS).
What's s ... More >>
And now for some sad-making stats as we near the end of the week.
Recent Associated Press reports suggest that America is really drugged up on prescription opioids -- and New York is certainly no exception.
Receipts for two most popular painkiller scripts -- oxycodone and hydrocodone -- boomed fr ... More >>
More on the Kelly family's various travails this morning. First, NY1 reports that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday he does not have any plans to resign over his involvement in the anti-Muslim film The Third Jihad. "I don't think there was any ill intent here, but it should not have been sho ... More >>
Investigators with the Drug Enforcement Agency helped a Mexican narcotics kingpin transfer million of dollars in illegal cash profits, the New York Times reports today.
The DEA program recalls a similar, much smaller scale operation first reported in the Voice last month in our article about govern ... More >>
via WikipediaA New York Times report says the Drug Enforcement Administration has laundered money for drug cartels in an effort to "identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are." This controversial tactic was ban ... More >>
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged two men with conspiracy to assassinate Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, in what they allege is an Iranian government-backed plot. The U.S. Department of Justice charged Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri with co ... More >>
The feds have spoken: marijuana has no legitimate medical use and will continue to be classified as a hard drug. This decision comes nine years after medical pot advocates asked the federal government to reclassify marijuana to reflect growing evidence that it has beneficial medical properties. D ... More >>