prescription drugs http://wamc.org en Capital Region Embraces 'National Take Back Day' http://wamc.org/post/capital-region-embraces-national-take-back-day <p>Over the weekend, Americans observed the eighth annual "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day," an initiative to educate citizens about the potential abuse of medications that may be found around the home.&nbsp; Residents are being encouraged to make the one-day drive an everyday occurrence.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 89171 at http://wamc.org Capital Region Embraces 'National Take Back Day' NY Senate Reveals Proposals For Seniors In Budget http://wamc.org/post/ny-senate-reveals-proposals-seniors-budget <p>The Independent Democratic Conference, which controls the New York Senate with the Republicans, has released a list of proposals they say would lower the cost of living for seniors.</p><p>The conference on Wednesday proposed lowering the cost of prescription drugs, establishing an independent consumer advocate to help protect seniors from rising energy costs, enacting a Paid Family Leave plan for families to take care of their relatives, and freezing rent payments for middle-income seniors across the state, among other proposals.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:58:24 +0000 Dave Lucas 86231 at http://wamc.org NY Senate Reveals Proposals For Seniors In Budget Activists, Lawmakers Call For $15M To Curb Opioid Abuse http://wamc.org/post/activists-lawmakers-call-15m-curb-opioid-abuse <p>A statewide coalition met today at the state capitol in Albany to call on New York lawmakers to take decisive action to combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic through stronger prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts. The heroin epidemic is shaping up to be one of the greatest domestic threats of the young century. Not a day seems to go by when there isn't a headline involving the opioid. And something of a national conversation began when Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire state of the state address to heroin.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:09:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 85107 at http://wamc.org Activists, Lawmakers Call For $15M To Curb Opioid Abuse Sean Philpott: Drug Pushers http://wamc.org/post/sean-philpott-drug-pushers <p>Like many academics -- and contrary to the image of college professors as lazy scholars that take sabbaticals every other year and have their summers off -- I about have four or five full-time jobs. I direct a graduate program in bioethics, teach six courses (including two summer courses), and supervise four students each year as they complete their Masters projects.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:50:00 +0000 Sean Philpott 76247 at http://wamc.org 5/21/13 - Panel http://wamc.org/post/52113-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Dr. Jennifer Michaels of <a href="http://www.briencenter.org/">The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services</a>, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.</p><p>Topics include:<br>Mental Illness in the Family<br>Generation Rx<br>Marijuana: Panacea, Pleasure or Plague</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 65182 at http://wamc.org Mass. Physician Advocates Seek Changes in Prescription Monitoring Program http://wamc.org/post/mass-physician-advocates-seek-changes-prescription-monitoring-program <p>Patient advocates and representatives of the medical community in Massachusetts are submitting comments to the state Board of Public Health to address regulations that aim to curb prescription drug abuse.</p><p>Signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in 2012, An <em>Act relative</em> to <em>prescription drug diversion, abuse and addiction</em>, requires prescribers of pain killers to enroll in the state’s now-voluntary Prescription Monitoring Program upon renewal of their medical licenses. Currently about 1,700 prescribers in Massachusetts are enrolled in the program.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:48:04 +0000 Lucas Willard 60669 at http://wamc.org Mass. Physician Advocates Seek Changes in Prescription Monitoring Program Bill Would Create Immunity for 911 Overdose Calls http://wamc.org/post/bill-would-create-immunity-911-overdose-calls <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill — backed by law enforcement — to make people immune from prosecution on drug charges when they call 911 to report a friend is overdosing and in danger of death.<br><br>Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan, Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn and Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen say their hope is not to condone drug use, but to reduce the number of drug overdose deaths. There were 73 in Vermont in 2012. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 01:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 56359 at http://wamc.org Bill Would Create Immunity for 911 Overdose Calls County-wide Effort Seeks to Collect Unused Prescription Meds in Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/county-wide-effort-seeks-collect-unused-prescription-meds-berkshires <p>Next week, Berkshire residents can safely dispose their old and unused prescription medications in a county-wide effort to reduce drug abuse and addiction. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p><p>On Saturday, September 29<sup>th</sup>, officials and organizations throughout Berkshire County are cooperating in their sixth semi-annual drive to reduce and safely dispose unused prescription meds. Lois Daunis of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition says her organization is just one of the parties organizing and participating in the event.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:34:51 +0000 Lucas Willard 48357 at http://wamc.org County-wide Effort Seeks to Collect Unused Prescription Meds in Berkshires Massachusetts Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill Faces Tight Deadline http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-prescription-drug-monitoring-bill-faces-tight-deadline <p>The Massachusetts legislature is pushing to finalize a number of bills before the end of the formal session, including one that would strengthen the state&rsquo;s prescription drug monitoring program. WAMC&rsquo;s Lucas Willard reports&hellip;</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 21:58:54 +0000 Lucas Willard 44322 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill Faces Tight Deadline