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US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/propublica/">Propublica </a>CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica CC some rights reserved

Schumer would crack down on oft-abused painkiller hydrocodone

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the federal Food and Drug Administration to make it harder for people to get painkillers that contain hydrocodone.

Hydrocodone is one of the most heavily prescribed drugs in New York state and nationwide. It's a popular and effective painkiller, but according to the Upstate New York Poison Control Center, it was named in more than 12,800 cases of prescription drug abuse in 2011.

Schumer wants it included in the FDA's Schedule II drug list, joining morphine, methamphetamine and amphetamine.  Go to full article
Jill Vaughan, with North Star Chemical Dependency Services
Jill Vaughan, with North Star Chemical Dependency Services

North Country experts wrestle with problem gambling at Malone conference

This morning in Malone, a coalition of experts and non-profit groups will hold a conference on the issue of problem gambling.

A generation ago, gambling was far less pervasive. Now, betting is everywhere. You can buy lottery tickets at the corner convenience store or place your wager on-line.

Jill Vaughan is a caseworker who handles problem gambling prevention for Northstar Chemical Dependency Services.

Gambler's Anonymous Watertown/Canton/Massena/Ogdensburg Hotline Number: (315) 482-9445  Go to full article

Doctor Arrest Raises Addiction Issues

A St. Lawrence County doctor was arrested last week for allegedly prescribing painkillers to addicted clients who didn't need them. The case is drawing attention to how prescription narcotics are controlled in New York. Dr. Gail DeHart of Gouverneur was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. DeHart's lawyer, Ed Menkin of Syracuse, declined to comment on the case, saying he had yet to meet with his client. Experts say abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem nationwide, especially among young people. A new state law taking effect next year will require doctors to use official prescription forms, so the health department can better track prescription narcotics. David Sommerstein spoke with Dr. John Dewar, a family physician based in Potsdam. He's medical director of Canton-Potsdam Hospital's chemical dependency unit. He says he deals with 150 to 200 clients a year who are addicted to prescription drugs.  Go to full article

Doctor Busted in Prescription Drug Ring

State police arrested a Gouverneur doctor and her assistant Wednesday for allegedly providing prescriptions for drug addicts and dealers. Doctor Gail DeHart and her office manager Joan Kingdon operated a private practice from the doctor's home. Dr. DeHart had worked in the past at E.J. Noble Hospital and at a clinic in Edwards. The two face charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance. Officials say she billed the drugs to the taxpayer-funded Medicaid system. The state attorney general's office may press charges of fraud. David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County acting District Attorney Gary Miles. He says Dr. DeHart was prescribing large amounts of painkillers, like Oxycontin and morphine, to dozens of patients.  Go to full article

Schumer to Unveil Meth Plan in Watertown

Senator Charles Schumer will be in Watertown this morning to unveil a plan to crack down on methamphetamines, or 'crystal meth'. As David Sommerstein reports, Watertown has become a hotspot of a problem that's growing across rural New York.  Go to full article

Heroin Takes More Lives Than Traffic Accidents in Vermont

More people died in Vermont last year from drug use than traffic accidents. As Jody Tosti reports, that's the first time that has happened.  Go to full article

Coming Back from Addiction

Six years ago we first talked with "Liz," an eighteen-year-old heroin addict. Hers is the story of a teenager's fall into addiction, and the struggle to come back. Martha Foley checked back in and found a hopeful epilogue.  Go to full article

Heroin Makes Painful Inroads in North Country

Heroin abuse is making a comeback in New York State. In many parts of the North Country, its popularity has eclipsed cocaine and crack. Most of the heroin use is clustered in Watertown and Plattsburgh, but smaller towns are also being affected. In this third part of our look at heroin abuse, Brian Mann reports that heroin is cheaper and easier to use than ever before.  Go to full article

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