Prescription http://nwpr.org en Methadone Deaths Down, But NW Expert Warns Of Shift To Other Drugs http://nwpr.org/post/methadone-deaths-down-nw-expert-warns-shift-other-drugs <p>Overdose deaths from a popular painkiller called Methadone appear to have peaked nationally. That&rsquo;s according to a CDC report released Tuesday. The Northwest has one of the highest Methadone prescription rates in the country. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has more. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 13:08:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11123 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Hospitals Battle Prescription Pain Overdoses http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-hospitals-battle-prescription-pain-overdoses <p>More people are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers. Some Northwest hospitals say they&#39;re combating the problem by drastically reducing the amount of prescriptions they write for the medications. Salem Hospital is the latest.</p><p>Experts say many users become addicted after initially taking painkillers for legitimate medical reasons. That&#39;s what happened to Matt Harp. He hurt his back playing college baseball. His doctor realized Harp was becoming addicted, but the Oregon man told a Salem news conference he simply visited different doctors and hospitals. Tue, 08 May 2012 23:41:13 +0000 Chris Lehman 7974 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Hospitals Battle Prescription Pain Overdoses Judge Finds State Pharmacy Rules Unconstitutional http://nwpr.org/post/judge-finds-state-pharmacy-rules-unconstitutional <p>TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma has ruled that Washington&lsquo;s pharmacy regulations are unconstitutional.</p><p>The regulations require pharmacies and pharmacists to fill prescriptions and to do them in a timely manner. The judge found the state&rsquo;s rules infringe on pharmacists&rsquo; right to religious freedom by requiring them to dispense emergency contraception also known as Plan B. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:44:41 +0000 Ruby de Luna 3652 at http://nwpr.org Judge Finds State Pharmacy Rules Unconstitutional Federal Court To Rule On State’s Rx Rules http://nwpr.org/post/federal-court-rule-state%E2%80%99s-rx-rules <p>TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma is scheduled to rule Wednesday on Washington&rsquo;s pharmacy regulations. Ruby de Luna reports that the main question before the court is whether the state&rsquo;s rules violate the religious rights of pharmacists. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:46:08 +0000 Ruby de Luna 3594 at http://nwpr.org Federal Court To Rule On State’s Rx Rules Washington Coalition Push for Drug Take-Back Program http://nwpr.org/post/washington-coalition-push-drug-take-back-program <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The abuse of old prescription drugs has been a leading cause of accidental overdosing deaths. Now there&rsquo;s a bill in the State Legislature aimed getting expired meds out of circulation. But the proposal is in danger of dying, unless it moves forward in the Senate. Ruby de Luna reports. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:00:11 +0000 Ruby de Luna 2908 at http://nwpr.org Washington Coalition Push for Drug Take-Back Program