prescription drugs http://news.stlpublicradio.org en The St. Louis Heroin Epidemic: Who Is Addicted And Where Is It Coming From? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-heroin-epidemic-who-addicted-and-where-it-coming <p>St. Louis has a heroin problem. And the problem is growing, especially among suburban youth.</p><p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/actors-apparent-heroin-overdose-points-widespread-trend">As previously reported</a> by St. Louis Public Radio, the number of deaths in Missouri caused by heroin has doubled in recent years, with 90 percent of those deaths occurring in St. Louis.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 23:30:18 +0000 Camille Phillips 34137 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The St. Louis Heroin Epidemic: Who Is Addicted And Where Is It Coming From? Report: VA Has Increased Opiate Prescriptions In St. Louis By Almost 300 Percent Since 2001 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-va-has-increased-opiate-prescriptions-st-louis-almost-300-percent-2001 <p><a href="http://cironline.org/reports/va%E2%80%99s-opiate-overload-feeds-veterans%E2%80%99-addictions-overdose-deaths-5261" target="_blank">An investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting</a> has found that the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased the number of prescriptions for opiates by about 270 percent nationwide in the past twelve years.</p><p>While the number of prescriptions varies widely in different regions of the country, St. Louis reflects the national average with an approximate 300 percent increase, said the author of the article, Aaron Glantz.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:54:45 +0000 Camille Phillips 30331 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: VA Has Increased Opiate Prescriptions In St. Louis By Almost 300 Percent Since 2001 How Do You Get Rid Of Expired Prescription Drugs? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-do-you-get-rid-expired-prescription-drugs <p>An abundance of prescription medication goes unused or is expired and is at risk of being abused.</p><p>This Saturday, April 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) holds the <a href="http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/">sixth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day</a> from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:26:46 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25772 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How Do You Get Rid Of Expired Prescription Drugs? A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/father-s-struggle-his-son-s-addiction-why-david-sheff-says-addiction-mental-illness <p>David Sheff is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2008, he wrote a memoir, <em>Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction</em>, about how his family dealt with his son‘s methamphetamine addiction.</p><p>In a new book, Sheff argues that addicts suffer from an illness and are not simply victims of their own bad choices.&nbsp; “We must acknowledge addiction is an illness…and not just bad behavior…because we punish bad behavior…we treat illness,” Sheff writes.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:36:14 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25238 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness Dueling Mo. Senate Bills Would Each Create A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dueling-mo-senate-bills-would-each-create-prescription-drug-monitoring-program <p>Two bills that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri received a hearing Thursday before a <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">State Senate</a> committee.</p><p>One&nbsp;of the bills, though,&nbsp;is structured in a way that’s designed to block the proposal from ever becoming reality.&nbsp; Physician and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem34.htm">State Senator Rob Schaaf </a>(R, St. Joseph) is an outspoken critic of prescription drug monitoring.&nbsp; He says it would violate citizens’ privacy rights.</p><p>“But I have agreed to carry (<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13Info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=17254382">Senate Bill 146</a>), given that it goes to a vote of the people, and that nothing will be construed to require a pharmacist or prescriber to obtain information about a patient from the database,” Schaaf told the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Health. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 23:03:55 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9997 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dueling Mo. Senate Bills Would Each Create A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Drug czar visits Missouri; pushes drug tracking system http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drug-czar-visits-missouri-pushes-drug-tracking-system <p>The nation&rsquo;s drug czar was in Fenton Wednesday highlighting the fact that Missouri does<strong> </strong>not<strong> </strong>have a prescription drug monitoring program.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the only state in the US without a tracking system or that hasn&rsquo;t passed legislation to create one.</p><p>National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske says it&rsquo;s a good way to identify patients who are &quot;doctor shopping.&quot;</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:31:37 +0000 Maria Altman 4334 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drug czar visits Missouri; pushes drug tracking system 47,000 pounds collected in prescription drug take-back http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/47000-pounds-collected-prescription-drug-take-back <p>The Drug Enforcement Administration&#39;s recent&nbsp;effort to collect unused prescription drugs has netted nearly 47,000 pounds in part of the Midwest.</p><p>The DEA&#39;s St. Louis office said Friday that the six states&nbsp;covered by the office saw 46,686 pounds of medication collected on&nbsp;April 28, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Nationwide,&nbsp;more than a half-million pounds of unwanted or expired medications&nbsp;were turned in for disposal.</p><p>The St. Louis DEA says it collected:</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 16:42:17 +0000 The Associated Press 3633 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 47,000 pounds collected in prescription drug take-back Morning headlines: Friday, May 4, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-may-4-2012 <p><strong>St. Louis to demolish plywood shacks near Mississippi River</strong></p><p>Demolition&nbsp;will begin&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;at a row of&nbsp;plywood shacks near the Mississippi River in St. Louis where 10&nbsp;homeless people have been evacuated.&nbsp;</p><p>It is the first of three riverfront encampments the city ordered&nbsp;shut down. St. Louis Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff has said that he hopes to have all&nbsp;three encampments cleared out by May 18 after reports of violent&nbsp;crime and rat infestation.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 13:02:45 +0000 Alex King & The Associated Press 3632 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, May 4, 2012 Express Scripts-Medco merger approved http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/express-scripts-medco-merger-approved <p><em>Updated at 4:26 p.m. to correct name of Jennifer Mallon&#39;s association. It is the National Community Pharmacists Association, not the National Association of Community Pharmacies.</em></p><p>Federal regulators have approved the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/express-scripts-will-buy-medco">$29.1 billion merger</a> between pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts and Medco.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:56:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3404 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Express Scripts-Medco merger approved Franklin Co. doctor faces federal drug charges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/franklin-co-doctor-faces-federal-drug-charges <p>A doctor from rural central Missouri faces four federal felonies for allegedly selling drugs, including narcotics and anti-depressants.</p><p>U.S. attorney Richard Callahan announced the charges against Keith Dale Morris of Krakow today. Morris is alleged to have distributed a variety of medications without a legitimate medical purpose, including amphetamine salts (used in anti-hyperactivity drugs like Adderall), the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone, and alprazolam, which is the active ingredient in drugs like Xanax. The crimes allegedly took place between April 2008 and July 2010.</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:32:10 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2225 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Franklin Co. doctor faces federal drug charges