| Jun 22, 2013
| 12:33 PM
In June 1989, I loaded up a Hyundai hatchback and headed for a new job — and new life — in South Florida. My first day at the Sun Sentinel was June 26. My first byline appeared four days later, after I covered a luncheon hyping the first...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 3:47 AM
While "patients" lined up outside Professional Pain Center, dropped their used needles in nearby parking lots and sold their prescription pills across the street, federal agents were watching and quietly building a case against the Longwood pain clinic....
| Jun 14, 2013
| 4:01 PM
A Hagerstown pharmacist pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Baltimore to fraudulently selling powerful pain killers and billing Medicare and Medicaid for nearly $200,000 of the cost, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
David Russo, 62, pleaded...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 4:21 AM
Ocala police arrested Britney Jean Rohdy, 22, at 1:17 a.m. Monday on child neglect and drug possession charges after some concerned citizens called the cops to report she had left her one-month-old child in the car while she was at a bar for about 45...
| Apr 26, 2013
WHITLEY CITY, Ky. — Five years after church officials ordered the Rev. Carroll Howlin to stop functioning as a missionary priest in this isolated mountain community, Joliet diocesan leaders received a letter from a suburban pastor that illuminated...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Elizabeth Barrett, a Laguna Woods woman who helped a World War II veteran kill himself with a mixture of Oxycontin and yogurt, has been sentenced to probation, with no jail time....
| Jun 7, 2013
| 6:39 PM
Two South Florida doctors became "dope dealers" who prescribed massive doses of pain pills — resulting in the overdose deaths of nine people under their care, federal prosecutors said Friday as the physicians' criminal trial began.
| May 24, 2013
| 3:29 PM
A South Florida doctor says he was "healing, not dealing" when federal agents raided the Hallandale Beach pain management clinic where he worked and seized his patient and business records.
Two years later, Dr. John Bennett hasn't been charged with...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 10:13 AM
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said it's likely to take some time before they close the homicide probe of Fox executive Gavin Smith. Officials declared Smith's disappearance a homicide case earlier this week. But they said it's...
| Jun 2, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Federal prosecutors say they can prove that two South Florida doctors prescribed powerful, addictive pain pills in such an irresponsible way that they should be held criminally accountable for the deaths of nine patients.
If convicted of the most...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 9:42 AM
Taking aim at “America’s most abused narcotic,” congressional lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would place tighter restrictions on the painkiller hydrocodone, which is a key contributor to the nation’s prescription...