Friday, October 12, 2001

Police arrest 14 in Pike County OxyContin case




        PIKEVILLE, Ky. — State police continued their crackdown on black-market prescription drugs, arresting 14 people on Thursday in Pike County.

        Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott Hopkins said a seven-month investigation identified 21 people who were dealing in OxyContin. One of them, Trooper Hopkins said, had stolen more than 5,000 pills from a local pharmacy.

        “OxyContin is still a problem,” said Trooper Hopkins, spokesman for the state police post in Pikeville. “We're doing everything in our power to curb that problem, and we've got other ongoing investigations that you may hear about in the future.”

        Troopers from the Pikeville post still were looking for the remaining seven people Thursday.

        A grand jury in Pike County also returned indictments Tuesday and Wednesday against 24 people on charges of “doctor shopping,” going from one doctor to another to get prescriptions.

       



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