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  • The Cost of Cancer Drugs

    As if the diagnosis of cancer wasn't bad enough, patients are then confronted with drug treatments so expensive they can't afford the co-pay. As Lesley Stahl reports, some doctors are fighting back.
  • Miami VA Secrets Exposed

    The death of a young Iraq/Afghanistan war veteran inside the Miami VA’s drug treatment center led to a series of stories that revealed glaring problems with the way deaths inside the hospital were being handled. In this case, CBS4 News discovered the parents were told their son may have choked to death on a sandwich when in fact he had overdosed on drugs. When the family arrived, grief stricken and looking for answers, they were instead handed a large black garbage bag containing their son’s personal belongings. CBS4 News also discovered VA police officials were not notified about the suspicious death for several hours and the detective who would normally investigate such matters was never contacted. Those stories in turn prompted the VA Police detective to come forward and expose even more serious problems, including allegations of drug dealing inside the hospital. The detective agreed to speak on-the-record and on-camera about how his efforts to investigate illegal activities inside the hospital were stymied by VA administrators.
  • The State Where Giving Birth Can Be Criminal

    The piece looked at the effects of a new law in Tennessee that made it a criminal assault to give birth to a baby with drugs in its system. After a six-month investigation involving interviews with pregnant women, doctors, and health workers, we were able to document a consistent pattern of women being driven underground to avoid the fate they’ve seen in mug shots on the local news. Among many narratives: We learned of and/or spoke to women avoiding prenatal care and drug treatment in order to protect themselves from the punitive effects of the law; We learned of and/or spoke to women switching hospitals, avoiding hospital births, and even leaving the state to circumvent the law; We heard about pregnant women seeking drug treatment and being turned away for liability reasons.
  • Suffering Together

    A New Times investigation discovered that physical and psychological abuse of children was common at Growing Together, a drug treatment center for adolescents in Lake Worth, Florida. The facility was founded as an offshoot of Straight Inc., which shuttered in 1993 following a state investigation that discovered political influence kept the program in operation despite findings of child abuse. Through public records, New Times found that children were systematically neglected, humiliated, and abused, and forced into subduing other kids at Growing Together.
  • Behind the Prop

    California's Proposition 36 aims to help drug offenders out of prison, saving the taxpayers millions. But as Stephen James uncovers, the goal of this plan isn't necessarily fulfilled. Proposition 36, also known as the Substance Abues and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 (SACPA), received great praise from its sponsor, the Drug Policy Alliance, who said that the plan would save California taxpayers $1.5 billion over five years. But James discovers that the law just may be a very expensive failure. SACPA allows for criminal offenders convicted of nonviolent drug possession to be sentenced to drug teatment instead of probation without treatment or jail time. James found that only about 10 percent of SACPA defendants actually complete the entire program.
  • Armed and Dangerous

    WKMG found the State of Florida issuing concealed weapons permits to people who were prohibited by Federal and state law from even possessing guns because they were involuntarily committed by judges to mental institutions or drug-and-alcohol-treatment centers. The politically potent National Rifle Association and its allies have stifled any discussion in Florida about using public records to check on the mental health of the gun buyers. They claim the information is private, but this investigation shows how easily it could be done--if wanted to. This tape also looks at cases of mentally ill patients who have walked into public places like churches and opened fire to kill people.
  • Prescription for Pain

    The stories demonstrated that Eastern Kentucky led the nation in the distribution of prescription narcotics-much of it illegal. Reporters found a series of unlikely accomplices to the illegal trafficing including the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Local cops were corrupt or compromised and a $30 million federal enforcement effort was rendered ineffective by a lack of cooperation among the police agencies involved. The reports found an elected judge who admitted that he'd had private business dealings with rug dealers and was unilaterally lowering drug offenders' sentences set by plea bargains. The reporters also found that effecive drug treatment was hard to find in rural areas of Kentucky. The newspaper also produced an examination of how OxyContin was marketed through "detailing," the practice of sending sales men directly into doctor's offices. The reporting also took readers inside one local drug ring. Finally, the newspaper examined how public Medicaid payments were providing some rural Kentucy drug dealsers with millions of silent partners-U.S. taxpayers- who were helping to ensure their supply.
  • Hogar Crea attempts makeover in wake of money, licensing woes

    The Morning Call revealed how internal disputes and bad management led to an international nonprofit dedicated to helping Latino drug addicts into serious trouble. Hogar Crea, a "force in the region's drug abuse for more than 20 years," wound up "reeling from a series of shocks that is driving its leadership to scale back and remake the statewide organization into a system of homeless shelters." Mismanagement also led the organization to lose its license to provide drug treatment in Pennsylvania, and miss the opportunity y for a $1 million grant it could have received from the federal government that would have doubled its annual income.
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Drug Court Program

    The Advocate reports on how federal grants have been recklessly spent by the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Justice Court on high executive salaries. The stories reveal that the Straight and Narrow Drug Treatment Center, one of about 30 drug courts in the state, has failed to effectively supervise the drug-addicted children who graduated from the program. The investigation finds that the key players behind the faulty drug treatment programs - including two judges, an attorney and his roommate - are entangled in bizarre legal accusations of sexual harassment and racially motivated attacks.
  • The Drug War

    In trying to answer the question, "How effective is the Drug War," the National Journal reports on the drug war's history and societyal effects. Special sections are devoted to users, prevention, interdiction, treatment and punishmet as the Journal examines this complex issue.