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Prescription Drug Abuse

Former drug abuser: 'I just couldn’t believe what I had done with my kids'

Former drug abuser: 'I just couldn’t believe what I had done with my kids'

Weak from a lingering illness, Elisha Finley blacked out and tumbled, severely injuring her shoulder.

December 29, 2013 6:00 am Video Photos

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Overcoming the grip of pill addiction

Overcoming the grip of pill addiction

Elisha Finley explains what her life was like while she was addicted and abusing prescription pain medications.

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Elisha Finley

Elisha Finley

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.

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Elisha Finley talks about drug abuse

Elisha Finley talks about drug abuse

Elisha Finley, 35, of Billings, discusses her abuse of prescription drugs. "I was a closet user. I hid it from everybody."

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Gazette opinion: Remedies for state’s painkiller problems

In the first year since the Montana Prescription Drug Registry went live, 3.8 million painkiller prescriptions were registered.

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Ex-teacher gets suspended sentences for prescription drug abuse

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.

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An explanation

An explanation

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."

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Dr. James Bentler

Dr. James Bentler

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.

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Guest opinion: Chronic pain should be tackled by sufferer, doctor

I agree that there is “A community problem” as the headline stated on the Aug. 12 front page. “Montanans die of prescription drug overdoses.”

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Task force combats prescription drug abuse

Task force combats prescription drug abuse

The statistics are staggering, and the cost in lives and dollars is devastating.

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Gazette opinion: Too many pills; Montana must stop painkiller abuse

Last month, 240,000 prescriptions for painkillers were added to the confidential statewide prescription drug registry.

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Gazette opinion: Capitol communications key to better government

Montana’s 24th governor will take his oath of office Monday, the same day the 63rd Legislature convenes for its biennial, 90-day session.

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Bullock asks Canada to reconsider oxycodone policy

Bullock asks Canada to reconsider oxycodone policy

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.

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Woman sentenced for prescription-drug offenses

Woman sentenced for prescription-drug offenses

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.

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Prescription drugs

Prescription drugs

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.

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Prescription drugs

Prescription drugs

Prescription drugs dropped off to the Billings police department in February 2012, during a drug drop-off program. 

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Prescription drugs

Prescription drugs

Billings police will incinerate more than 20 pounds of prescription drugs dropped off by local residents.

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Billings police officer Tom Keightly and volunteer Vonnie Fineran

Billings police officer Tom Keightly and volunteer Vonnie Fineran

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.

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Drug registry will help reduce abuse

Judging from the recent news, Montana’s new prescription drug registry is just what the doctor should have ordered.

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Prescription drug abuse on the rise in Butte

A woman tells Butte police her home has been burglarized - yet only prescription pain medication is missing.

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