Painkiller Epidemic Update: Wyoming Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Painkiller “Conspiracy”

It appears that some in the judicial community are starting to take the Painkiller Epidemic seriously. The AP reports today that Casper, Wyoming U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson sentenced Leonard George Page to life in prison as a result of Mr. Page’s conviction in April on charges of conspiring to distribute the painkiller fentanyl.

Author’s Note: Fentanyl is a powerful opioid analgesic with a potency approximately 81 times that of morphine. The drug was first synthesized by Janssen Pharmaceutica (Belgium) in 1959. In the U.S. fentanyl is commonly sold in the form of transdermal patches under the brand name Duragesic.

Directly related to the conspiracy charge, prosecutors alleged that a woman who bought a fentanyl patch from Mr. Page died from an overdose of the drug.

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Story: Man gets life sentence on drug conviction

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