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Prescription Drug Abuse

(Dr. Ted Christopher,  the head of emergency medicine at Jefferson Hospital.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

New Guidelines Rein In Prescription Pain Drugs in Pa. Emergency Rooms

Dr. Ted Christopher was on the governor’s task force creating new statewide guidelines for how pain drugs should be administered in emergency departments throughout Pennsylvania.

08/13/2014

(Surveillance video images show the man who robbed a Walgreen's drugstore in Warminster, Pa.   Images provided by Warminster PD)

Police Seek Extra-Large Man Who Robbed Two Drugstores in Suburbs

Police say he shouldn’t be hard to miss: he’s described as six feet tall and could weigh between 300 and 350 pounds.

07/22/2014

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South Jersey Doctor’s License Lifted Over Narcotics Prescriptions

New Jersey officials have temporarily suspended the medical license of Dr. Adam Gilliss of Merchantville over allegations that he improperly prescribed narcotic painkillers.

07/10/2014

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Montco ‘Pill Mill’ Father and Son Want New Trial

The motion claims the defendants rights to a fair trial were violated because prosecutors knew the lead defense attorney in the case was under criminal investigation and failed to tell the judge.

06/12/2014

(Zane Memeger, the US attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania, opens a prescription drug abuse conference at Temple University.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

In Philadelphia, Seeking Answers for Prescription Drug Abuse in Colleges

The conference brings together academics and government drug policy officials to examine prescription drug abuse among college students.

06/11/2014

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Philadelphia Lawmakers Move Toward Crackdown on ‘Pill Mills’

A City Council committee has approved a bill that gives new powers to the city’s health department to identify and shut down operations that dispense prescription drugs without medical necessity.

06/10/2014

(Delco DA Jack Whelan, in 2013 file photo.  Credit: David Madden)

Delco DA Wants Law Changed To Allow Cops To Carry Anti-Overdose Drug

District attorney jack Whelan and the Delaware County Council want officers in their jurisdiction to be able to carry naloxone, also known as Narcan, a drug which can reverse a heroin, oxycontin, or other opiate overdose.

03/06/2014

(US Sen. Pat Toomey, third from left, conducts a hearing about prescription drug abuse in Delaware County.  Credit: David Madden)

US Sen. Toomey Focuses On Rx Drug Abuse Problem At Delco Presentation

Toomey (third from left) was joined during the hourlong session by the County Council, the Delaware County DA, and other interested parties.

12/04/2013

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Doctor Shopping Is Illegal

How can it be illegal to fill a prescription if actually given by a doctor?

12/02/2013

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Montco Doctor, 73, Gets 25 Years For Pushing Pills, Causing Addict’s Death

Federal prosecutors say Dr. Norman Werther of Abington distributed over one million pills, including some to an addict who died.

09/24/2013

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Feds Say Montco Doc’s Illegal Prescription Killed Its Recipient

Federal prosecutors say Dr. Norman Werther knowingly sold oxycodone to a person identified only as “N. B.,” a person that Werther knew was a drug addict.

11/29/2012

(Zane Memeger, US attorney for the Philadelphia region.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Health, Legal Experts Explore Solutions Against Rising Tide of Prescription Drug Abuse

Law enforcement officials were joining academics and health experts at Villanova University for a summit on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.

06/04/2012

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Get Rid Of Your Old Drugs

Another reason for parents to clean out medicine cabinets. Abuse of prescription drugs by teens is on the rise.

04/11/2012

Gloucester Twp., NJ Police Officer Nabbed In Rx Pills Sting

A South Jersey police officer is charged with illegally buying prescription drugs while on the job. It’s a job he won’t be holding much longer.

04/04/2012

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Drexel Hill EMT Charged With Stealing, Drinking Leftover Morphine

Ronald Ferrell, 35, faces a dozen counts of theft, acquisition of a controlled substance, and receiving stolen property.

02/22/2012

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