Vicodin News this Week

Prescription Drug Thief Convicted of Seattle Robbery

Tyler Ljubich has been convicted of Robbery First Degree for his armed robbery of OxyContin and Vicodin from the Westside Pharmacy in West Seattle, Washington. Because Ljubich has a prior conviction for a drive-by shooting he faces 41 to 54 months in jail.

Worchester Charged with Drug Crimes

Forty-year-old Lynn M. McCall and forty-four-year old Robert A. Perham, Jr., both of Worcester, have been charged with possession of Vicodin with intent to distribute, possession of morphine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate a drug law, and drug violation near a school or park.

Three Charged with Prescription Painkiller Drug Sales

Canal Fulton residents Gary Z. Cooper, 28, and Angela M. Harmon, 38, have been arrested on drug trafficking charges after selling drugs in a park with children nearby. They are accused of selling Vicodin and have been charged with felony possession and drug trafficking charges. In a separate incident, Douglas C. Koller, 23, also of Canal Fulton, was arrested and charged with aggravated drug trafficking and felony drug possession involving another powerful prescription painkiller: Percocet.

Prescott Young Adult Forged Stepdad’s Signature to Get Drug Money

Twenty-three-year-old Sierra Ann Robb, of Prescott, AZ, has been arrested and charged with fifteen counts of forgery and one count of fraud schemes after forging her stepfather’s signature on checks that she wrote to get cash to pay for her heroin addiction. After she got away with cashing the first check, she though she could get away with more. The young adult woman told police she is also addicted to the prescription drugs Vicodin and OxyContin.

Teenage Burglars in New Jersey Arrested

Two teenagers in Montclair, NJ, were arrested after being found watching TV in a house that they broke into. Eighteen-year-olds Sunjay Marathe and Peter Van Leer apparently used a sun porch window to gain access to the house and then proceeded to drink alcohol and watch TV. A relative of the homeowner called local police after seeing a basement light on when she went to check on the house. When police arrived and walked downstairs, they were greeted by the teens, one of who tried to say the house was his. Both boys were arrested and charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and underage consumption of an alcoholic beverage. Additionally, Marathe was charged with unlawful possession of prescription narcotics after authorities found Vicodin in his possession. He did not have a valid prescription for the Vicodin.

Southern California Doctor Investigate for Wrongly Prescribing Vicodin and OxyContin

A Rowland Heights doctor has been suspended from being able to prescribe controlled substances as an investigation into her practices continues. Dr. Lisa Tseng’s practice has been linked to at least eight overdose and suicide deaths in recent years. The 40-year-old Dr. Tseng, whose full name is Hsiu-Ying Lisa Tseng, denies any wrongdoing and is allowed to continue to practice medicine. However, she has been under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration since 2007 for allegedly prescribing Vicodin, OxyContin, and other prescription drugs without properly assessing her patients’ needs or addictions.

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.