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Police officer: 'We see people robbing each other to get pills'

Police officer: 'We see people robbing each other to get pills'

One of the largest prescription drug collection efforts in Billings netted nearly 600 pounds of expired drugs, and police expect another significant haul Saturday when residents are urged to turn over their unused drugs.

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Florence doctor previously indicted in Idaho for prescription-writing practices

Florence doctor previously indicted in Idaho for prescription-writing practices

FLORENCE — Chris A. Christensen, the Florence doctor whose medical practice was raided Tuesday as part of a two-year investigation into his prescription-writing practices, was twice pursued by Idaho law enforcement officials for the same reason, although he was never found guilty.

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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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Death rates soar among women using prescription drugs

Death rates soar among women using prescription drugs

Women throughout the nation are dying at an unprecedented rate from prescription drug overdoses.

December 29, 2013 6:00 am 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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Former VA nurse anesthetist stole pain meds

HELENA — A nurse anesthetist who did contract work at the Veterans Affairs hospital west of Helena has been sentenced to five years in probation for stealing pain medication in 2011.

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Montana Meth Project launches prescription drug abuse campaign

Montana Meth Project launches prescription drug abuse campaign

MISSOULA — A new campaign to tackle the issue of prescription drug abuse among Montana teenagers is set to kick off Friday at the University of Montana’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

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Hearing delayed for pharmacist accused of theft

RIVERTON, Wyo. — A hearing has been delayed for a 33-year-old pharmacist accused of stealing $4,800 worth of prescription drugs for his personal use.

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Police: Missoula man broke into home for prescription drugs

Police: Missoula man broke into home for prescription drugs

MISSOULA — A Missoula man who police say broke into a neighbor's house to steal prescription drugs and was caught trying to break in a second time a few days later has been charged with felony burglary and attempted burglary.

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Gazette opinion: Clean out medicine chests, keep river cleaner

Gazette opinion: Clean out medicine chests, keep river cleaner

The Billings Police Department has a program that improves public health and safety while reducing water pollution.

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Operation Medicine Cabinet proves popular in Billings

Operation Medicine Cabinet proves popular in Billings

Trying to keep on top of a popular drug drop-off program, Billings police on Wednesday emptied 15 boxes filled with expired prescription drugs.

February 15, 2012 11:45 am Photos

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Hamilton woman pleads guilty to prescription fraud

HAMILTON - A Hamilton woman who made several attempts to acquire prescription medication not prescribed to her has pleaded guilty.

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Prescription drug drop boxes prove popular in Billings

Prescription drug drop boxes prove popular in Billings

Billings residents have surrendered more than 41 pounds of expired prescription drugs since October in a permanent drop box at the Billings Police Department.

December 23, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Montana drop-box program nets half ton of Rx drugs

HELENA — Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock says communities across the state have disposed of more than half a ton of unwanted or expired prescription drugs at local, permanent drop boxes since he launched a grant program six months ago to help set up the sites. The program, called Ope…

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Butte man gets 30 years for selling drugs to minors

BUTTE -- A Butte man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday for selling prescription drugs to teens, one of whom died from a drug overdoes.

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Gazette opinion: Montanans must reduce painkiller abuse

There’s a deadly connection between the skyrocketing sales of prescription painkillers and the steep increase in drug overdose deaths in the United States.

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Earlier Medicare open enrollment period begins

HELENA -- With Medicare's open enrollment period beginning earlier this year, AARP Montana is reminding all Montanans with Medicare that this is the one time each year to make changes to coverage. The Medicare open enrollment period begins on Oct. 15, and those with Medicare have until Dec. …

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Drug take-back planned for Cody on Oct. 29

CODY, Wyo. — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29, the Cody Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

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Drug prevention program shows reality of addiction

United Way of Yellowstone County's Roots of Promise will present a drug prevention program at 6 p.m., Sept. 29, at Lockwood Middle School.

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Health reform allows thousands to get discounts on prescription drugs

More seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare are seeing reduced costs for critical health care — through both discounts on brand-name drugs in the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” coverage gap and free preventive care, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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