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Virginia Man Who Sold Fentanyl Patches to Teenagers Sentenced to Two Years

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Virginia Beach, VAJason Lewis Coker, 32, who recently admitted to selling Fentanyl patches to two teenagers who later died as a result of drugs and alcohol, has been given a prison sentence of two years, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

According to the news provider, Coker admitted to selling 10 of the patches to David Ellison in January 2010, at the restaurant where Ellison was working. The 19-year-old Ellison along with 18-year-old Barry Sullivan reportedly put the patches on their shoulders, drank alcohol and took Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, the news source said.

The following morning, a friend who said he did not use the painkiller reportedly found the two teenagers dead.

Judge Edward W. Hanson Jr. reportedly sentenced Coker to 15 years and suspended all but two of them, while another person charged in the case, Nabil Butros, was sentenced to one year in jail for conspiring to distribute the painkiller, the news source said.

According to the National Library of Medicine, fentanyl patches are used to "relieve moderate to severe pain that is expected to last for some time, that does not go away, and that cannot be treated with other pain medications."


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