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Monday
Feb062012

DEA Moves Against Major Pharmaceutical Distributor

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Twenty-five hundred pharmacies in the southeast could lose their supplies of oxycodone and other prescription drugs because the federal Drug Enforcement Agency believes the company that supplies them, Cardinal Health, is failing to comply with the rules.

Pharmaceutical distributors like Cardinal Health are supposed to report suspicious activities to the feds; the DEA says Cardinal Health didn't when two CVS pharmacies they supply in Florida dispensed more than 40 times the normal amount of oxycodone and other painkillers.

Cardinal Health blamed CVS for any lack of diligence.

CVS said it has already stopped filling painkiller prescriptions written by certain doctors.

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Friday
Mar182011

Hallucinogenic Drug Kills Teen, 10 More Hospitalized

Thinkstock Images/Comstock(BLAINE, Minn.) -- One young man is dead and 10 others were hospitalized in Blaine, Minn. on Thursday after a mass overdose of the synthetic drug 2C-E, police said. Trevor Robinson, 19, died Thursday night. He was the father of a five-month-old baby.

The group took the drug during a spring break party at the home of one of the hospitalized boys. The other victims fled the residence and were suffering the effects of the overdose at separate locations before authorities found them and took them to the hospital.

The hallucinogenic drug is also known as "Europa" and, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, "Tootsie." Officials say the drug was ordered over the Internet.

It is a close chemical cousin of 2C-B, a controlled substance that is legally available only to registrants such as researchers, chemists, or certain doctors; it is illegal for anyone else to have it. Since the DEA identifies it as an analog of a controlled substance, 2C-E is also technically illegal.

Synthetic hallucinogens are becoming increasingly more available, coming from countries such as China and Thailand where there is little regulation and oversight on the production of chemicals, according to the DEA.

Lawmakers and drug enforcement agencies are increasing their attention to the availability of synthetic drugs. In Minnesota, the state House last month approved a bill to ban synthetic marijuana. In February, New York Sen. Charles Schumer proposed a bill to add bath salts to a list of federally controlled substances. Phony bath salts made with methylenedioxypyrovalerone and mephedrone are designed with the express purpose of giving a cheap, legal high. They can cause hallucinations, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, even some deaths.

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