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Alexandria man sentenced for selling prescription meds

An Alexandria man will spend more than five years behind bars for selling prescription medications.

Waren Everett Holloway was sentenced to 68 months in prison on May 24, following his conviction for third-degree narcotic sales. Holloway, 44, had been under surveillance by the West Central Narcotics Task Force, when he sold oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin) to an undercover informant in a series of recorded transactions in December, 2011.

Holloway was prosecuted by Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson, and sentenced by District Court Judge David Battey.

"If you are dealing prescriptions, you will be treated no differently than if you are dealing meth, crack, cocaine or heroin," said Larson. "The prescription narcotic tide is here and people are drowning."

Larson cited Centers for Disease Control statistics that state drug overdoses killed more than 38,000 people in 2010, or about 105 deaths per day. Of these deaths, prescription painkiller overdoses killed

16,500 people, about 45 deaths per day.

"This means that more Americans now die from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle accidents and these numbers have only grown since 2010," Larson said. "Dealers who try to profit from this scourge should expect harsh