Two Winchester residents are among 19 people indicted on federal charges of conspiring to sell OxyContin,
Xanax and other prescription drugs in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.
The 59-count indictment issued by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg charged that the suspects also dealt in heroin, cocaine, morphine, lorcet, dilaudid, and marijuana.
U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston said today the suspects used a house in Romney, West Virginia as headquarters for the operation.
Authorities say several other suspects remain at large.
The two Virginia suspects are 24-year-old Jeremy Mueller and 25-year-old Jocelyn Self.
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- OxyContin is a newer, long-acting and powerful prescription pain medication.
- OxyContin is a long acting form of Oxycodone.
- Dosage strengths are available in 10, 20, 40, 80mg.
- OxyContin has been substituted on the streets for heroin.
- As of April 2001, there has been 120 deaths nationwide attributed to OxyContin.
- OxyContin is a respiratory depressant. When used with other depressants such as alcohol, this can make a person's breathing stop, cardiovascular system stop functioning, and can make the heart stop.
- Symptoms of overdose include, slow breathing, seizures, dizziness, weakness, loss of consciousness, confusion, cold clammy skin and small pupils.
- Side effects of taking OxyContin include, constipation, dryness of the mouth, lightheadedness, nausea, headache, and sweating.