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  • Date Rape Drugs

    WPIX-TV examines the ease with which many people can buy GHB, commonly known as the date rape drug. This investigation finds that "thousands of recorded overdoses and several deaths and 'date rapes' have resulted from the use in nightclubs and at parties of dangerous liquid chemical compounds, such as GHB. After several high profile arrests and a tragic nightclub death here in New York, we were still able to go into a drug store and buy this substance over the counter."
  • Raving madness?

    WFTS reports on the rave scene in the Tampa Bay area. Undercover cameras document open drug use and drug paraphernalia sales. The investigation found that paramedics were repeatedly called to the club for drug overdoses, that underage patrons were common, but that police seemed to be ignoring the place.
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    A three month I-Team investigation linked the deaths of three men to a popular doctor at a medical clinic near downtown Cleveland. The series showed how Dr. Charles Dunifer often over-prescribed powerful prescription drugs to patients he knew were addicted to painkillers. All three men died of accidental prescription overdoses during a three month period. (Feb. 21, 22 & March 6, 1995)
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    Syracuse (N.Y.) Herald-Journal reports that rapes, assaults, drug overdoses and narcotics theft occur regularly in the Syracuse Developmental Center for the mentally retarded, June 9 - 12, 1988.
  • Drug Price-War

    KOMO Radio (Seattle) reports on a drug price war in Seattle among several factions of dealers that is resulting in a doubling of the number of overdoses, Dec. 10, 1987.
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    Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) conducts a four-month investigation of New York City's methadone system by talking with patients, counselors and experts, and by reviewing court, regulatory and financial documents; finds 60 percent of methadone patients use illegal drugs, and many trade methadone for cocaine; finds hundreds of deaths from methadone-related overdoses every year; the system actually contributes to the AIDS crisis, June 11-14, 1989.
  • Dead wrong

    WBBM-TV (Chicago) "investigated the performance of an examiners office, where (the station) found a pattern of mishandled autopsies in which pathologists failed to detect homicides, drug overdoses and child abuse. The series documents how mistakes at the morgue have thwarted law enforcement investigations and resulted in the police failing to pursue homicides."
  • High time: drugs in prison

    The Sun (Baltimore) looks at drug use in the state prison system, including the number of overdose fatalities, inmate drug dealers, the lack of treatment and administrators who look the other way.