Prescriptions for oxycodone in New York rose by 82 percent from 2007 to 2010, according to a new report issued by the state’s attorney general. Almost 22.5 million prescriptions for all types of narcotic painkillers were written in the state in 2010, with an especially high quantity of prescriptions being written on Staten Island and in large areas of Suffolk County, the report says.
New York has suffered brutally at the hands of the prescription drug addiction epidemic. Earlier in January, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called on the DEA to share data collected on pharmaceutical and prescription drug theft with local law enforcement. That move came in the wake of the latest deadly pharmacy robbery on New Year’s Eve in Seaford, N.Y. and in the face of the quadruple homicide that occurred at a Medford, N.Y. pharmacy last year.