prescription drugs

St. Louis on the Air
5:30 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The St. Louis Heroin Epidemic: Who Is Addicted And Where Is It Coming From?

A man shooting heroin. Now that heroin is available in powder form, injecting heroin is less common.
Credit WBEZ/Luis Perea

St. Louis has a heroin problem. And the problem is growing, especially among suburban youth.

As previously reported 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.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:54 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Report: VA Has Increased Opiate Prescriptions In St. Louis By Almost 300 Percent Since 2001

Screenshot of interactive graphic detailing the number of VA opiate prescriptions nationwide.
(Courtesy Center for Investigative Reporting)

An investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting 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.

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.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:26 am
Thu April 25, 2013

How Do You Get Rid Of Expired Prescription Drugs?

April 27 is the 6th Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Flickr/Stephen Cummings

An abundance of prescription medication goes unused or is expired and is at risk of being abused.

This Saturday, April 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) holds the sixth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

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St. Louis on the Air
6:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness

Author David Sheff
Brent Nagel

David Sheff is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author. 

In 2008, he wrote a memoir, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, about how his family dealt with his son‘s methamphetamine addiction.

In a new book, Sheff argues that addicts suffer from an illness and are not simply victims of their own bad choices.  “We must acknowledge addiction is an illness…and not just bad behavior…because we punish bad behavior…we treat illness,” Sheff writes.

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Prescription Drug Monitoring
5:03 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Dueling Mo. Senate Bills Would Each Create A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

(via Flickr/CarbonNYC)

Two bills that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri received a hearing Thursday before a State Senate committee.

One of the bills, though, is structured in a way that’s designed to block the proposal from ever becoming reality.  Physician and State Senator Rob Schaaf (R, St. Joseph) is an outspoken critic of prescription drug monitoring.  He says it would violate citizens’ privacy rights.

“But I have agreed to carry (Senate Bill 146), 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.

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Prescription drug tracking system
5:31 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Drug czar visits Missouri; pushes drug tracking system

National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske.
(via Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

The nation’s drug czar was in Fenton Wednesday highlighting the fact that Missouri does not have a prescription drug monitoring program.

It’s the only state in the US without a tracking system or that hasn’t passed legislation to create one.

National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske says it’s a good way to identify patients who are "doctor shopping."

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Prescription Drugs
11:42 am
Fri May 4, 2012

47,000 pounds collected in prescription drug take-back

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The Drug Enforcement Administration's recent effort to collect unused prescription drugs has netted nearly 47,000 pounds in part of the Midwest.

The DEA's St. Louis office said Friday that the six states covered by the office saw 46,686 pounds of medication collected on April 28, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Nationwide, more than a half-million pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in for disposal.

The St. Louis DEA says it collected:

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Morning Round-up
8:02 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, May 4, 2012

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St. Louis to demolish plywood shacks near Mississippi River

Demolition will begin Friday at a row of plywood shacks near the Mississippi River in St. Louis where 10 homeless people have been evacuated. 

It is the first of three riverfront encampments the city ordered shut down. St. Louis Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff has said that he hopes to have all three encampments cleared out by May 18 after reports of violent crime and rat infestation.

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Business/Express Scripts merger
11:56 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Express Scripts-Medco merger approved

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a $29.1 billion merger between Express Scripts and Medco, which is based in New Jersey. The new company will be headquartered in St. Louis.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:26 p.m. to correct name of Jennifer Mallon's association. It is the National Community Pharmacists Association, not the National Association of Community Pharmacies.

Federal regulators have approved the $29.1 billion merger between pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts and Medco.

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Drug charges
12:32 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Franklin Co. doctor faces federal drug charges

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A doctor from rural central Missouri faces four federal felonies for allegedly selling drugs, including narcotics and anti-depressants.

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