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  • Ritalin Roulette

    duplicate of story #19817
  • OxyContin Investigation

    A WWL-TV investigation discovers that OxyContin, a powerful painkiller popular among drug users, could be easily obtained by prescription from certain doctors. Those were writing prescriptions after performing only cursory physicals, and their offices were crowded by drug addicts until late in the night. Many prescriptions have been filled through Medicaid, WWL-TV reports. The investigation sheds light on one specific case - those of Dr. Jacqueline Cleggett - who wrote an OxyContin prescription to a patient whose son died from an injected overdose.
  • OxyContin

    CBS News reports on the controversy surrounding miracle/menace drug OxyContin. With the number of prescriptions skyrocketing, the number of addicts and overdoses has been too. Many rural areas have been severely affected, leading to drastic increases in robberies and other OxyContin-related crimes. Opponents blame the pharmaceutical company's heavy marketing campaign; supporters say it's still a miracle drug when it comes to controlling pain.
  • Hitting the Mark

    Environment examines the effectiveness of various types of international environmental agreements. The success of an international regime depends on how it affects the behavior of the stakeholders involved, the article reveals. Part of the changes were achieved by reshaping "the ways in which actors define their interests." For example, international regimes that have initiated changes in national laws, have had their effect by imposing authoritative prescriptions that "supersede utilitarian calculations as determinants of behavior."
  • Druging our CHildren

    Using the PharmaNet patient information database, reporter Ann Rees found that children, from infants to teenagers were receiving quite a bit of "mood" drugs including tranquilizers, stimulatns, uppers, downers, anti-depressants, anti-pshychotic mediations, Prozac, sedatives. The findings are based on data for all patients under the age of 20 in British Columbia.
  • Prescription for Tragedy

    "This story explored prescription errors, including mix-ups involving look-alike, sound-alike drugs and people who get the wrong dosages of the right drug. We endeavored to show how these medical mistakes, though statistically rare, can have very tragic results."
  • Prescription Roulette

    WNEP-TV examines how prescription drugs can be bought over the Internet, "bypassing an in-person examination by a doctor." An experiment of the reporter shows that online pharmacies approve orders and write prescriptions, even if the patients state they don't need the drug. The report details how "by filling out an online health form doctors in two states wrote prescriptions for sex and diet prescription drugs." The story also reveals that in Pennsylvania "there is a confusion if a doctor violates the law by writing online prescriptions without even seeing the patient," as different state regulatory agencies are in disagreement on whether the law has been broken.
  • Prescription for Error

    The Indianapolis Star reveals that "an estimated 6,000 to 15,000 Indiana nurses suffer from some level of drug abuse - be that misusing their own prescription drugs, stealing and using drugs that should have been given to their patients or forging prescriptions."
  • IRE Feed 6: IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists

    IRE Feed 6: The TV Award Winners and Finalists is a compilation of 14 reports from 14 stations in 11 markets ranging in size from Lexington, KY to Chicago, IL. 1)"Danger in Schools," KTRK-TV, Houston. A story that investigated Houston Schools putting known pedophiles back into the classroom. 2) "Where the Money Goes," WKYT-TV, Lexington, KY. Reveals that Lexington Schools spent tens of thousands of taxpayer's dollars on catered meals. 3) "Prescription for Trouble," KDFW-TV, Dallas. Investigates how Eckerds Pharmacy used teenagers to dispense prescriptions. 4) "Code of Silence," WTLV-TV, Jacksonville, FL. The medical system fights to protect a drunk doctor. 5) "Fighting for a Smile," WCCO-TV, Minneapolis. The VA's bureaucracy keeps dentures from veterans. 6) "Blood Priority," KSTP-TV, Minneapolis. Army choppers crash after cost cutting compromises safety. 7) "Missing Evidence," WMAQ-TV, Chicago. Chicago Police sell evidence right out of the vault. 8) "Failure to Protect," WBAL-TV, Baltimore. Maryland Police fail to enter protection orders to safeguard domestic violence victims. 9) "Prisoners in Their Own Homes," WFLA-TV, Tampa. Criminals strike again -- while on home detention. 10) "The $600 House," WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, MI. HUD sells houses at pennies on the dollar to insiders. 11) "Preying on Your Pity," KPRC-TV, Houston. Telemarketers pretend to be handicapped to solicit cash. 12)"Crusade for Cash," KGTV-TV, San Diego. Lawyers use the ADA to file nuisance suits for big bucks. 13)"First USA," WFAA-TV, Dallas. Credit Card company jacks up interest rates, slaps phony late fees. 14)"Legal Loanshark," WAMI-TV, Miami. Lax laws permit car title loan companies to charge exorbitant rates.
  • Drug Rush

    This article examines the new drug culture: prescription drugs. Pomper writes that "toxic reactions to marketed drugs are among the ten leading causes of death in the United States." He also reports that not much funding or many resources are being used to evaluate the reasons for the fatalities.