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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Scott Glover and Lisa Girion
A Southern California pain doctor who was featured in a 2012 Times investigative article on patient overdose deaths was arrested Tuesday on seven counts of illegally prescribing narcotics and other widely abused drugs. Dr. John Dimowo is charged with prescribing Vicodin, Norco, Adderall and Xanax to undercover agents who pretended to be patients but had no legitimate need for the drugs. Dimowo was not charged in connection with any patient deaths. The Times reported in November that five of Dimowo's patients fatally overdosed on medications he prescribed between 2009 and 2010, coroner's records show.
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BUSINESS
October 4, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Google Glass has been hogging the spotlight when it comes to eyewear, but get ready to see new technology designed for those stuck with old-fashioned prescription eyeglasses. About 64% of Americans wear glasses to improve vision. Many can't stand them, complaining that glasses are cumbersome, headache-inducing or don't work in all situations. Meanwhile, the growing amount of time people spend in front of computers and mobile devices has also raised concern about the potential damaging effects on eyesight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Ventura County authorities have arrested 21 people in connection with alleged sales of prescription drugs via Craigslist.  The arrests, announced this week, took place in recent months and stemmed from illegal sales of drugs like Adderall, OxyContin and Xanax, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Among those arrested was a man who allegedly sold pain medication prescribed for his cancer-patient father, a woman who authorities said drove from Fontana to Simi Valley with two children in the car for a drug transaction, and a 19-year-old who allegedly sold Suboxone, a narcotic, just filling a prescription for it. About half of those arrested got their prescriptions from an Oxnard physician, 63-year-old Kiansi Boni of Camarillo, who was also arrested, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Scott Glover and Lisa Girion
Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Friday aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse but vetoed a third that could have helped the state's medical board identify reckless doctors whose patients died on pills they prescribed. The three bills, which garnered strong bipartisan support, were spurred by a series of investigative reports in The Times that linked drugs prescribed by doctors to nearly half the prescription-involved overdose deaths in Southern California from 2006 through 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 | By Lisa Girion and Scott Glover
The ad on Craigslist was blunt. It offered drugs for money, just like a street corner dealer. The seller was hawking Norco, a popular painkiller, for $6. "Had a left over bottle from a car accident," the anonymous seller posted. "I'm not the police," the seller wrote. "You shouldn't be either. " If two lawmakers have their way, Craigslist - the popular online marketplace - will get rid of such ads. If the website fails to so, they warned, it may be getting a lot more attention from the police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013
Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Scott Glover about three bills related to drug prescriptions awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature. Last week, state lawmakers passed an ambitious slate of reforms aimed at giving authorities better tools and broader powers to crack down on doctors who recklessly prescribe narcotic painkillers and other commonly abused drugs. The three bills, which garnered strong bipartisan support, await a signature from Brown  that would make them law. Brown, who as attorney general railed against prescription drug abuse and pill-pushing doctors, declined through a spokesman to say how he would respond to the bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 | By Scott Glover and Lisa Girion
Since her son Joey fatally overdosed in late 2009, April Rovero has warned schoolchildren, coeds, cops and congressmen that it was too easy for the 21-year-old college student to get the prescription drugs that killed him. In speeches from Sacramento to Washington, she complained bitterly that authorities had suspected a Rowland Heights doctor of reckless prescribing for years but did little to stop her. Rovero's son was one of at least eight...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Scott Glover
Two bills aimed at combating prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths in California won unanimous approval in the Senate on Tuesday and were headed for the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. The proposed legislation, inspired in part by a series of investigative reports in The Times, would help authorities better track prescriptions for painkillers and other addictive narcotics and allow for enhanced scrutiny of deaths involving such drugs. SB 62 by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) would require coroners to report prescription overdose deaths to the Medical Board of California for review.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Lisa Girion
The state Assembly on Monday passed a pair of bills aimed at staunching prescription drug abuse and the mounting overdose death toll in California. Propelled by a series of investigative reports in The Los Angeles Times , the bills would help authorities track drug-abusing patients as well as doctors who recklessly prescribe painkillers and other addictive narcotics. The bills now head back to the Senate, where they originated and won overwhelming approval. If the Senate passes the latest versions, which include Assembly amendments, the bills would move on to Gov. Brown for final approval.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Like a lot of people, Lesa has unused prescription drugs at her home. She's tried to donate them to doctors. She's tried to donate them to hospitals. To no avail. She wants to know: Is there any way to donate unused medicine and put it to good use? It would be nice if that were the case, but it's not. There's just too great a chance of mischief (or worse) resulting from drug donations. So the real question here is how people should dispose of unused medications. The Food and Drug Administration says it's OK to get rid of most medications in the garbage, but they advise mixing pills with kitty litter or some equally yucky commodity to deter thieves.
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