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Fight against bad medicine: Medical community teams up with law enforcement to combat prescription abuse from the inside

February 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

As prescription drug addiction becomes an ever-increasing problem in North Dakota, members of the medical and law enforcement community are working together to try and stop it before it starts.
“It’s becoming a national epidemic,” said John Va…continue reading on

Bad medicine:Prescription drug abuse on the rise in ND, Dickinson sees several thefts

February 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

In the early hours of the morning on Jan. 27 a man tried to break into The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Dickinson.
In November, a man was convicted in Stark County of robbing Irsfeld Pharmacy in June. He told the court it was an attempt to get treatm…continue reading on

SD prescriptions drug program finds success

January 13, 2013 in The Daily Republic

Physicians give prescription monitoring positive reviews.
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GLAD YOU ASKED: Prescription drop-off at local safety building

May 6, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Q: Does the city of Mitchell maintain a site where residents can dispose of old and unused prescription drugs?
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Brother charged in NHL players OD death

July 22, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Prosecutors have charged the brother of former NHL strongman Derek Boogaard with providing the prescription drug that contributed to Boogaard’s overdose death in May. Continue Reading

Klobuchar urges FDA to deal with shortage of medications

December 31, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the pharmaceutical industry to address a growing shortage of prescription medications, especially drugs for treating cancer. Continue Reading

New Year rings in health care gains

December 30, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

Beginning on January 1, 2011, beneficiaries of the Medicare Part D program who enter the coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole” can get a 50 percent discount on eligible brand-name drugs. Continue Reading

Growing problem: Prescription drug abuse on the rise, authorities say

November 19, 2010 in The Jamestown Sun

The consensus among law enforcement officers, prosecutors and medical professionals is the problem with prescription drug abuse is increasing.
“Unfortunately it is a growing problem and a growing part of our caseload,” said Troy Kelly, an officer with the Stutsman County Narcotics Task Force. “We’re still seeing the old standbys of marijuana and other street drugs but prescription abuse is pushing to the front.”
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Prescription, OTC drug take-back event is Wednesday

October 31, 2010 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR Citizens wishing to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medicines can bring those medications to a drug take-back event Wednesday at the Willmar Fire Department.
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First Medicare rebate checks arriving

July 22, 2010 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR Refund checks are starting to trickle through the mail to Medicare recipients whose high prescription drug expenses pushed them into the “doughnut hole” last year.
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