WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 1

Originally posted on CBS New York:

WCBS 880 reporter Irene Cornell is doing an extended series on drug abuse, called Bad Medicine: When Painkillers Kill. The series will run through May 23. Be sure to check cbsnewyork.com for her pieces if you miss them on-air.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Veteran narcotics detectives, accustomed to shutting down heroin mills and tracking cocaine cartels, have had to learn some new tricks, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Story

These days, they find themselves staking out medical clinics on the trail of unscrupulous doctors who pedal powerful painkillers to desperate addicts.

It prompted New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor to create a new investigative unit to deal with this alarming trend, and the violence that goes with prescription drug abuse.

“The cases come in from a variety of ways. We have patients who report doctors for prescribing opiate drugs in bad faith. We have doctors…

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