Prescription Drugs

The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Overdose Crisis

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Fatal drug overdoses in New Jersey have risen to more than one per day. Patty DiRenzo, a parent and advocate, and Frank Greenagel, addiction and recovery treatment counselor, chair of the task force established by the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and professor at Rutgers University, discuss a new report that addresses the heroin and prescription drug use crisis in the state, including its recommendations for addiction treatment and policy changes.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As the new affordable healthcare law goes into effect people are confused about what's legal and safe when it comes to prescription drugs.

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The Takeaway

Does Medicare Part D Care About Safety?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ten years ago, Medicare Part D was added to existing coverage for seniors and the disabled. It offered unprecedented access to prescription drugs. But a new investigation by ProPublica Senior Reporter Tracy Weber and her colleagues shows that the program is rife with abuses, mis-uses, and an enormous lack of transparency.

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Analysis Finds Increase in ADHD Diagnoses

Monday, April 01, 2013

A new analysis by The New York Times found that over the past decade, there’s been a more than 50 percent increase in doctors diagnosing children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.

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Painkiller Prescriptions Climbing Steadily in NYC

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Prescriptions for painkillers are increasing dramatically in New York City, according to the Health Department. More than 2 million prescriptions for drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin were filled by city residents in 2010, up 22 percent from 2008.

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The Takeaway

Soldiers on Drugs

Monday, April 09, 2012

Last year more than a hundred thousand active-duty Army troops had been prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, anti-psychotics or anti-anxiety drugs. Bart Billings, a former military psychologist who hosts an annual conference on combat stress, says an over-reliance on medication can have dangerous consequences. However David Rudd, Director of National Center for Veterans Studies believes that it is important for soldiers to have access to these kinds of drugs.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Panel Recommends Fewer Tests

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A group of medical boards is recommending that doctors perform 45 common tests less often. Dr. John Santa, director of the health ratings center of Consumer Reports, joins us to discuss the implications for health care and costs.

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