Prescription Drug Abuse
RIVERTON, Wyo. — Fremont County sheriff's officials say they're seeing more and more crimes having to do with prescription drug abuse.
Weak from a lingering illness, Elisha Finley blacked out and tumbled, severely injuring her shoulder.
Elisha Finley explains what her life was like while she was addicted and abusing prescription pain medications.
Elisha Finley, 35, of Billings, discusses how she abused prescription drugs and eventually sought help. She has been sober for more than a year and now works as a legal secretary for a Billings attorney.
Elisha Finley, 35, of Billings, discusses her abuse of prescription drugs. "I was a closet user. I hid it from everybody."
In the first year since the Montana Prescription Drug Registry went live, 3.8 million painkiller prescriptions were registered.
A former Billings special-education teacher with previous prescription drug convictions will serve a suspended sentence for tricking doctors into writing her prescriptions and for creating fake medical records.
Dr. James Bentler, an emergency doctor and medical director at St. Vincent Healthcare's Emergency Department, said, "It is easy to see why more women are on pain medicine."
Dr. James Bentler, an emergency doctor and medical director at St. Vincent Healthcare's Emergency Department, said physicians are partly to blame and bear some culpability for the nation's addiction to prescription drugs.
I agree that there is “A community problem” as the headline stated on the Aug. 12 front page. “Montanans die of prescription drug overdoses.”
The statistics are staggering, and the cost in lives and dollars is devastating.
Last month, 240,000 prescriptions for painkillers were added to the confidential statewide prescription drug registry.
Montana’s 24th governor will take his oath of office Monday, the same day the 63rd Legislature convenes for its biennial, 90-day session.
HELENA — Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock added his voice Wednesday to those asking the Canadian government to reconsider its approval of the generic form of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin.
A woman who tried to break into a Billings pharmacy in 2011 and then tried to fill forged prescriptions at two pharmacies may avoid jail time.
Prescription drugs dropped off to the Billings police department in February 2012, during a drug drop-off program. 18.2 percent of Yellowstone County high school youth — and 18.4 percent of youth in the state — reported taking a prescription drug without a prescription.
Prescription drugs dropped off to the Billings police department in February 2012, during a drug drop-off program.
Billings police will incinerate more than 20 pounds of prescription drugs dropped off by local residents.
Billings police officer Tom Keightly and crime prevention volunteer Vonnie Fineran prepare prescription drugs to be incinerated Wednesday. About 20 pounds of drugs were collected from the public during January in a kiosk in the Billings Police Department.
Judging from the recent news, Montana’s new prescription drug registry is just what the doctor should have ordered.