Prescription

Methadone Addiction
6:08 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Methadone Deaths Down, But NW Expert Warns Of Shift To Other Drugs

Overdose deaths from a popular painkiller called Methadone appear to have peaked nationally. That’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.

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NW Painkiller Prescription Reduction
4:41 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Northwest Hospitals Battle Prescription Pain Overdoses

Matt Harp describes his former addiction to prescription painkillers during a news conference at Salem Hospital.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

More people are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers. Some Northwest hospitals say they're combating the problem by drastically reducing the amount of prescriptions they write for the medications. Salem Hospital is the latest.

Experts say many users become addicted after initially taking painkillers for legitimate medical reasons. That'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.

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Washington Prescription Law
5:44 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Judge Finds State Pharmacy Rules Unconstitutional

TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma has ruled that Washington‘s pharmacy regulations are unconstitutional.

The regulations require pharmacies and pharmacists to fill prescriptions and to do them in a timely manner. The judge found the state’s rules infringe on pharmacists’ right to religious freedom by requiring them to dispense emergency contraception also known as Plan B.

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Washington Prescription Law
7:46 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Federal Court To Rule On State’s Rx Rules

TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma is scheduled to rule Wednesday on Washington’s pharmacy regulations. Ruby de Luna reports that the main question before the court is whether the state’s rules violate the religious rights of pharmacists.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back
6:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Washington Coalition Push for Drug Take-Back Program

A bill in the Wash. Legislature is aimed getting expired prescription drugs out of circulation.
Photo by Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The abuse of old prescription drugs has been a leading cause of accidental overdosing deaths. Now there’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.

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