A Long Island nurse has been charged with breaking into medical offices and sifting through piles of waste to steal still potent painkilling patches he'd suck for a popular new high.
Erick St. Louis, 33, of Shirley, was arraigned yesterday for allegedly stealing the synthetic Fentanyl drug patches that deliver 50 to 100 times the painkilling punch of morphine.
St. Louis told cops that he would suck the powerful cancer-patient medication from the patches "like an artichoke," authorities said
Fentanyl abuse -- including a burgeoning black market for fresh patches -- is on the rise across the country, said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.
By SELIM ALGAR
November 19, 2010
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