Hooked on a High: America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

Prescription Drug Abuse

Craig Rivera recently investigated prescription drug abuse among teens and adults.

For a “Crimetime in Primetime” segment of “Craig Investigates” appearing on the January 7, 2013 episode of “Geraldo at Large,” Craig Rivera addressed America’s prescription drug abuse problem after the owner of the LA Clippers’ son was found dead of an apparent drug overdose.

The segment began with Craig Rivera interviewing three teens who described their addiction to a number of drugs such as heroin, Percocet, and the most common, oxycontin. The latter opiate is a popular painkiller that can be snorted or injected for a more intense high and is the drug of choice for many teens across the United States. Today, prescription drug abuse contributes to 20,000 overdose deaths and is the main reason for the increase in drug related crimes.

Craig Rivera addressed the horrifying story of David Lather, who robbed a Long Island pharmacy of 11,000 hydrocodone pills. In his desperation, he shot and killed four victims. New Jersey’s Essex County Sheriff Armondo Fontura claims that crimes around pharmacies are turning into a very common, yet very serious problem.

Drug manufacturers have changed the formula of oxycontin pills in order to make them harder to abuse. Unfortunately, this merely caused addicts to turn to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to obtain.  The heroin epidemic is so extreme that special task forces have been established to address the issue.

Brian Gamrello works in a rehabilitation facility where he treats addicted teens.  He claims opiates, such as oxycontin, are the gateway to full blown heroin addictions. Teen interviewees agree, claiming that most of their friends who are addicted to heroin started with pills.  Furthermore, they claimed that heroin abuse is so common in their school that it has been nicknamed ‘Heroin High.’

Craig Rivera finishes the segment by stating that dependence on painkillers is not limited to teens.  He addresses soccer moms, doctors, and even police officers who suffer from this addiction as well.

Hooked on a High: America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Problem from Craig Rivera on Vimeo.

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Costa Mesa Gun Show

Costa Mesa Gun Show

For the 1/27/2013 episode of “Geraldo At Large”, Craig Rivera visited the Costa Mesa Gun Show.

On the January 27, 2013 episode of Fox News Channel’s, “Geraldo at Large,” Craig Rivera presented a “Crimetime in Primetime” segment on the Costa Mesa Gun Show.

With the possibility of stricter Fed Laws looming, there was record attendance at a gun show in Costa Mesa, California. 20,000 people attended the show, seeing it as a final opportunity to prepare for the worst.

Craig Rivera addressed how President Obama has avoided the topic for the entire first term of his presidency, but his post-Newtown massacre campaign for stricter gun control is now gaining momentum. Celebrities have joined the campaign, attempting to fight the gun lobby. Interviewee Kenny Mills, however, cannot be convinced that gun control makes America safer, and argues that it is a violation of the second amendment.

Craig Rivera interviewed Christine Ristivo, who has been attending gun shows with her family since age 5.  As a mother, she was sympathetic to the actions that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary, agrees that mental health and background checks are necessary, and approves of getting rid of loopholes that exist at gun shows. Craig Rivera expands on the gun show loophole by explaining that only 6 states require background checks for those buying and selling guns.  11 states have some regulations, but 33 states have no regulations whatsoever.  At gun shows within those 33 states, anyone can post “Private Sale” over their booth. As a private party who claims not to sell guns as a business, no background check is necessary for either party.

Craig Rivera spoke with ‘Crossroads of the West’ owner Bob Templeton, who claims the American people feel scapegoated for the acts of one psychopathic killer. He states that he, as well as a lot of other gun owners in American, feel that the government is chipping away at their rights and eventually will totally deprive Americans of our lawful ownership of firearms.

Exclusive Look Inside the Costa Mesa Gun Show from Craig Rivera on Vimeo.


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Christian Mingle Rape Controversy

Craig Investigates Christian MingleFor a “Crimetime in Primetime” segment of “Craig Investigates” appearing on the March 18, 2013 episode of “Geraldo at Large”, Craig Rivera discussed the rape controversy surrounding online dating website ChristianMingle.com.

Craig Rivera begins the segment by noting that 37-year old Sean Banks is accused of using the website to target a rape victim in San Diego. Other victims have since come forward to share their story with investigators. He speaks with Victoria Kenney, a former Miss Irvine in the Miss California beauty pageant, who says she ignored her instincts and trusted Banks because she trusted Christian Mingle.

She explains that she wanted to maintain their relationship through the website, but Banks was able to hack her phone and track her down. Eventually, she received a phone call from Banks in which he said he had been arrested for rape, denied his guilt, and then told her not to speak to investigators. Craig Rivera then spoke with Kenney’s attorney, Dan Gilleon, who said after Banks date raped his victim, she sent him a text after the incident and he told her to call his lawyer.

Banks faces charges of rape, rape by intoxication, burglary, and trying to dissuade a witness. As Gilleon explains, the judge felt that Banks’ attempts to intimidate Kenney proved he has no understanding how serious the investigation is.

Next, Craig Rivera speaks with Gretchen von Helms, the attorney representing Banks. She explains that some women who regret their actions accuse their sexual partners of raping them. She also notes that such allegations are easy to make and difficult to remove once they have been made.

Kinney recognizes that her evidence is helping the case against Banks and urges other victims to come forward. Craig Rivera ends the segment by noting that online dating is now the third most popular way to find a dating partner, but he recommends that individuals meet their dates in a public place first and get to know who they really are before putting themselves in a vulnerable position.

View the full segment here:

Christian Mingle Rape Controversy from Craig Rivera on Vimeo.

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