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  • AP: Cosby on Trial

    Bill Cosby’s conviction was one of the keystone moments in the #metoo movement. After years of abusing women while building a reputation as one of the nation’s most recognizable and likable celebrities, “America’s Dad” was taken to jail in handcuffs. That moment may have never happened had it not been for AP reporter Maryclaire Dale fighting for nearly a decade to ensure Cosby’s statements about drugging and sexually assaulting women became public.
  • #MeToo Unmasks the Open Secret of Sexual Abuse in Yoga

    A KQED callout for #MeToo accounts in the Bay Area yoga world and our ensuing nine-month investigation revealed a range of allegations by seven women against five teachers: from inappropriate massage to a violating touch in class, from drugging to sex with a minor. I found that the yoga community is struggling to rein in this sexual misconduct and abuse in its ranks. Some experts believe the lack of oversight of teachers and schools is adding to the problems of an industry experiencing explosive growth, where touch and trust are a fundamental part of the practice.
  • City Limits and The Investigative Fund: Forced Medication

    This article gathered evidence that one of New York City's main public hospitals appeared to engage regularly in the likely illegal practice of forcibly medicating patience to get them to submit to bloodwork. Combining inside sources, key documents, interviews with legal and medical experts and with a once-medicated patient, Hattem maps out raises a question as distressing as they are complex to answer: Is there a public-health justification for drugging people into submitting to a doctor's needle?
  • Drugging Our Kids

    The five-part series “Drugging Our Kids” combined exclusive data analysis, powerful narratives, interactive online graphics, poignant photos and a striking 40-minute documentary video to uncover how foster care providers are relying on a risky but convenient remedy to control the behavior of thousands of troubled kids: numbing them with drugs that are untested on and often not approved for children.
  • Breakdown

    In a series of articles entitled “Breakdown,” The Times used the full gamut of multimedia tools to document how bigger purses, swelled by casino money, had corrupted the track. The money encouraged trainers to rely on pain medicine and race thousands of tired, injured and unfit horses, often with catastrophic results. Within days of The Times’s first article, the Jockey Club, the most influential industry group, proposed a nationwide ban on the use of drugs on race days and stiffer penalties, including lifetime bans for repeat offenders. “The status quo had been very much in evidence prior to the New York Times story — after which all hell broke loose,” wrote Barry Irwin, a prominent horse owner, breeder and Kentucky Derby winner. Beyond cataloging carnage on the track, The Times found 3,800 cases of trainers illegally drugging horses since 2009, mostly to enhance performance or mask injuries. Meanwhile, equine veterinarians — who bear the greatest responsibility for protecting the health of a horse — abandoned their oath by reaping profits from drugs they prescribed and by routinely turning medical decisions over to unqualified trainers whose primary goal was to win races.
  • Drugging Delinquents

    The investigation found that Florida was restraining jailed children with heavy doses of potent anti-psychotic drugs, medications that can turn troublemakers into "zombies" and cause serious health problems in kids.
  • Drugging the poor

    The story uncovers how a "small group of doctors have prescribed huge quantities of narcotic painkillers and other addictive drugs to low-income people on Medicaid, costing taxpayers hundreds of million of dollars and adding a torrent of overdose deaths in the state". The reporter used more than five databases, including autopsy data and Medicaid physician billings.
  • Drugging Our Children

    The Province examines the increasing use of drugs to treat Attention Deficit Disorder, the fastest growing medical diagnosis for children in North America. Stories ranged from the rates of assessment and treatment to the use of children in California drug trials testing new treatments for the disorder.
  • Silent Victims of the Sport of Kings

    Freedom reports on the drugging of racehorses, some of which is legal; misuse of even approved drugs can force an injured horse to race and can endanger horses and jockeys and lead to unfair betting, August 1986.
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    KGO Radio (San Francisco) series on patient abuse in northern California nursing homes finds instances of sexual and physical abuse, over-drugging, malnutrition, theft, unwarranted eviction; traces causes to industry lobby clout, tip-offs to state inspection schedule and inadequate fines, March 18-22, 1985.