HAUPPAUGE - A 99-page grand jury report was released today that shows a dramatic rise in painkiller abuse and pill-related deaths. Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota had asked a special grand jury to investigate the scope of the painkiller epidemic on Long Island, and he says the statistics speak for themselves. The report shows an increase in doctor shopping and overdoses. It also reveals that prescription drug sale arrests are up more than 800 percent in just 10 years. The grand jury has submitted recommendations for changes and says they need to be made at the federal, state and local levels. One recommendation was to change doctor shopping from a misdemeanor to a felony. On the state level, the grand jury suggested enacting the E-Prescribing method, rather than written prescriptions.


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