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December 7, 2011
Newborns Addicted to Pain Meds

Staff writer Dave Larsen, from the Dayton Daily News reported on a new alarming trend, related to the fast-growing prescription drug abuse problem. Some Ohio hospitals in the Dayton area have seen a 400% increase in the number of newborns addicted to painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin.
This problem lengthens hospital stays and increases public health care costs.
“We definitely see an increased number of patients who come to us early in their pregnancy that are on pain medicine for whatever reason, and patients just demanding that they continue it despite them knowing it is going to be addicting to their baby,” said Dr. Stephen Guy, who practices obstetrics and gynecology at Miami Valley Hospital.
A 21 day stay at Nationwide Children’s Hosptial with a $1,200 daily bed charge costs more than $25,000.
“By and large we don’t get paid for these babies, because many of the moms don’t have insurance or are on Medicaid,” Wispe said.

January 24, 2012   Connecticut Cops respond to Text from Alleged Drug Dealers

The two were arrested on Friday after allegedly texting by mistake, and offering 200 Percocet pills to a police officer in Meriden, Connecticut, CBS reports.
Lorraine Apuzzo, age 19 was the wrong-fingered texter. The officer quickly arranged for a buy later that day. Appuzo met with the officer at the Westfield Mall with her friend, Frank Boemmels, age 25.
During the incident, Appuzzo got suspicious, but detetives detained the driver, and broke a wind to remove the alleged dealer.
She was found with only 100 Percocets. Appuzo was charged with criminal attempt to commit sales of narcotics in a school zone, first-degree reckless endangerment, and interfering with an officer. She was released on a $50,000 bond.
Boemmels remains in jail on $150,000 bond.

September 10, 2008  Feds Indict Another 21 People in "Operation Poole Party"

According to Jason Schultz of the Palm Beach Post, a substantial police crackdown on crack and cocaine dealing in Boynton Beach has more than double the total number of alleged dealers arrested. During raids by a team of 450 officers, 26 people were arrested and accused of running a cocaine trafficking ring in the neighborhood for decades. Among items seized were a pound cocaine, a pound of crack and guns. According to police spokesperson Stephanie Slater, more arrests are coming.
Also today, the U.S. Attorney's Office that from August 21 to September 4, a West Palm Beach federal grand jury indicted another 21 people in a related investigation called Operation Poole Party.
U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta announced in a press release that the suspects are facing federal charges. They conspired to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine this year. Some traffickers are looking at over 20 years in prison.

September 6, 2008 Drug Traffickers Looking for Quiet Life in Remote Towns

According to Gordon Dritschilo of the Rutland Herald, three people facing charges that could earn them 55 to 75 years in federal prison, pled innocent to felony charges of heroin possession, heroin trafficking, sale of heroin, and conspiracy. The three, Robert T. Coble, age 22, Kasandra L. Cole, age 19, and Rondelle L. Esters, age 19 were arrest. On Coble's property on Silver Lake Road, police confiscated 540 bags of heroin and weapons.
After another in a series of busts in rural areas, Deputy State's Attorney Christopher Perkett said, "At this point, all our evidence is anecdotal. It seems to me, drug dealers coming to Vermont are starting to seek out the more isolated towns in hopes these are areas they will not get caught selling their drugs."
According to an informant, the location in Goshen was described as "the perfect spot in the middle of nowhere" with "plenty of room to keep watch for police."