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Prescription for Abuse: A Noozhawk Special Project

Complete index of articles and resources

Published on 01.11.2012 2:35 a.m.


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Santa Barbara Psychiatrist an Expert Witness in Trial Against Michael Jackson’s Doctor

Sherif El-Asyouty says prevention begins with understanding the potential for prescription drug abuse, addiction and overdoses

Published on 11.11.2011 12:16 a.m.


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Carpinteria Cares for Youth Forum Tackles Prescription Drug Misuse, Abuse

Law enforcement and medical experts discuss the signs and statistics and urge young people to be responsible for themselves and friends

Published on 11.03.2011 10:57 p.m.


Inspired by Noozhawk Series, Carpinteria Cares for Youth Hosting Prescription Drug Forum

Wednesday's event, open to the public, will focus on the effects on young people

Published on 10.28.2011 9:08 p.m.


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Noozhawk Journalists Recount Lessons Learned from Prescription Drug Abuse Series

Staff talks trends, education, prevention, attitude, overprescribing and oversight — or lack thereof

Published on 10.19.2011 3:16 a.m.


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Annenberg Fellowships Take a Diverse Approach to Community Health Journalism

In addition to Noozhawk's prescription drug series, projects include Monterey County nutrition and Los Angeles County transportation

Published on 10.18.2011 10:22 p.m.


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Dr. Nancy Leffert Champions Antioch University’s Role in Fight Against Substance Abuse

Psychologist says school is committed to leading community dialogue on challenges, solutions

Published on 10.18.2011 3:54 a.m.


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Professionals Working in Addiction Field Often Share Roots at Antioch University Santa Barbara

School's clinical psychology programs provide training, resources — and thousands of hours of volunteer time

Published on 10.18.2011 3:48 a.m.


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Santa Barbara County Officials Look for Solutions in Battle Against Prescription Drug Abuse

Convincing pharmaceutical companies to accept return of unused drugs is among initiatives agencies are pursuing

Published on 10.18.2011 3:30 a.m.


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Operation Medicine Cabinet Gets the Drop on Prescription Drug Disposal

Consumers encouraged to get rid of their medications at Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department drop-off boxes

Published on 10.17.2011 1:10 a.m.


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Lacey Johnson Gives UCSB Students an Education in Dealing with Drug Abuse and Addiction

Counselor says rising anxiety levels, emergence of prescription medications add to risks students face

Published on 10.17.2011 1:05 a.m.


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Awareness, Disposal Key Elements to Reversing Tide of Prescription Drug Abuse

Get prepared so you'll know what to look for, how to ask questions and where to properly dispose of the drugs

Published on 10.12.2011 12:11 a.m.


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Dr. Joe Blum Keeps Focus on His Veteran Patients Despite Health-Care System’s Restraints

VA doctor mindful of larger obstacles and obligations while prescribing treatment in as personal a setting as possible

Published on 10.11.2011 12:35 a.m.


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Drug Abuse Treatment Programs, Expertise Are Plentiful on South Coast

Local inpatient and outpatient options include court-ordered treatment and long-range care

Published on 10.10.2011 12:19 a.m.


Dr. David Agnew Sees Pain as Pathway to Abuse But Cautions Against Overreaction

Neurologist and pain medicine specialist says bigger risk is patients' prescriptions falling into the wrong hands

Published on 10.10.2011 12:15 a.m.


For Clinical Psychologist Neil Rocklin, Addiction Education Can’t Begin Soon Enough

To keep kids off drugs, CSU Channel Islands lecturer says understanding the why is as important as the how

Published on 10.04.2011 2:41 a.m.


Prescription Drug System Is Rife with Loopholes, Fraud and Lack of Oversight

Determined addicts routinely bypass controls while some doctors overprescribe with little apparent consequence

Published on 10.04.2011 1:30 a.m.


Law Enforcement Fights Battle Against Prescription Drug Abuse from Outside and Inside

While drug-related crimes increase in the community, local corrections officials say 80 percent of inmates are users

Published on 10.03.2011 12:40 a.m.


Sheriff Bill Brown a Strong Supporter of Re-Entry, Drug Abuse Treatment Efforts

County's top lawman says treatment programs play a vital role in crime fight, even in face of funding threats

Published on 10.03.2011 12:35 a.m.


Speaking from Experience, Zona Seca’s Kevin Smith Keeps Drug Abusers on Road to Recovery

Veteran youth and family treatment program director urges parents to 'lock up their medication'

Published on 10.03.2011 12:30 a.m.


Early Education for Parents and Youth Emerges as Critical Tactic to Thwart Drug Use

As research reframes addiction risks, school officials and treatment professionals step up efforts to keep drugs away from kids

Published on 09.27.2011 3:40 a.m.


Student Highs Can Lead to Tragic Woes with Addiction’s Hook Just One Fateful Step Away

UCSB officials, local law enforcement walk fine line between enforcement and student safety

Published on 09.27.2011 3:22 a.m.


As a Parent Herself, Prosecutor Von Nguyen Brings Empathy to Job in Juvenile Justice

Deputy DA says earlier intervention, rehabilitation are key to keeping kids off drugs and alcohol, and out of a life of crime

Published on 09.27.2011 1:05 a.m.


From an Early Age, Shereen Khatapoush Saw the Horrors of Substance Abuse

Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse staffer works with youth — and their parents — to educate themselves and their community

Published on 09.27.2011 12:40 a.m.


Local Oversight of Prescription Medications Is Far More Focused Than State, Federal Controls

Hospitals and clinics on the front lines develop their own systems to monitor abuse, suspicious activity

Published on 09.25.2011 11:40 p.m.


Elderly Are Particularly Vulnerable to Both Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs

Seniors make up 13% of population, account for a third of all prescriptions written in the U.S.

Published on 09.25.2011 11:35 p.m.


Second-Generation Pharmacist Peter Caldwell Fills a Vital Role with Patient Health Care

Drugstores a key front in battle against prescription abuse, but regulations hinder effectiveness

Published on 09.25.2011 11:30 p.m.


The Liquid Lady — A Poem

Noozhawk reader shares her pain and sorrow, spurred by a loved one's addiction to methamphetamines

Published on 09.20.2011 6:21 p.m.


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Dr. Chris Lambert Sounds Warning on Mixing Prescription Drugs with Alcohol

Longtime emergency room physician calls for students, young people to practice common sense

Published on 09.20.2011 3:20 a.m.


Santa Barbara Teen News Network Adds Another Dimension to Prescription Drug Abuse Series

Through video interviews, teenagers expand scope of Noozhawk's project and discover they have their own stories to tell

Published on 09.20.2011 2:55 a.m.


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Escalation of Drug Overdose Deaths Includes Increased Presence of Prescription Medications

Santa Barbara County autopsy reports show that, whether intentional or accidental, teens and adults are most often abusing multiple drugs

Published on 09.20.2011 12:50 a.m.


Understanding Addiction Key to Dealing With Prescription Drug Abuse

Risk factors include genetic tendencies, adaptation and brain circuitry — and are all different in each of us

Published on 09.18.2011 10:29 p.m.


Donna Genera Has Seen the Price and Perils of Drug Addiction from All Sides

Abuse counselor driven by her past to help others with their future

Published on 09.18.2011 10:25 p.m.


Rich Detty Bears Burden of Not Knowing Extent of Dead Son’s Drug Use

46-year-old Cliff Detty had been diagnosed with mental illness but father wonders whether drugs also played a fateful role

Published on 09.18.2011 10:20 p.m.


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2010 National Survey on Drug Use & Health

Findings report 8.9 percent of U.S. population using illegal drugs

Published on 09.13.2011 6:15 p.m.


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