Prescription Fraud Often Starts with a Simple Prescription

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It is a story told over and over in our culture: A patient who sustains a painful injury or goes through a serious surgery receives a prescription for Oxycodone, Morphine, Codeine or a similar drug. The patient may have little reason to suspect that the drug will ultimately cause more harm than good. At the
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The Story Of One STARR Graduate Shows Hope And Determination

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Yesterday we provided a brief outline of the Substance Abuse Treatment And Recidivism Reduction program. Durham County operates the STARR program with the goal of providing help to inmates who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, thereby reducing recidivism rates. The program is administered by the Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center and Sheriff’s Office,
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STARR Program Provides Hope For Inmates Struggling With Addiction

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Durham County’s Substance Abuse Treatment And Recidivism Reduction program accepts men and women who volunteer or are court-ordered to participate. The STARR program, operating out of the Durham County Detention Facility, treats chemical dependency and addresses behaviors that may lead to criminal activity. STARR includes a number of tactics to treat chemical dependency, including group
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Supreme Court Ruling, Economy Slow Down Crime Lab

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A 2009 Supreme Court ruling has had a significant impact on how some North Carolina criminal matters are processed. The case,Melendez-Diaz vs. Massachusetts, requires lab technicians to present evidence in court, rather than by affidavit, in certain criminal trials. What does this mean for Raleigh’s State Bureau of Investigation crime lab? The toxicologists who work
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Report: Changes to Drug Sentencing Guidelines Have Been Successful

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As we discussed in a previous post, sentencing for federal drug crimes is serious and strict. Oftentimes, people convicted of drug crimes — whether it is for drug possession, distribution or trafficking — spend years in federal prison. Certain types of drugs are also treated more harshly than others under federal law, including crack cocaine.
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