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.
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.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
By Fred Mogul : Reporter, WNYC News
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.
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.