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An ambitious plan to reverse New York’s growing prescription drug epidemic is causing a rift between legislators and health care providers, pitting a proposed computer system that would require doctors and pharmacists to meticulously scan patients’ medical history for patterns of abuse against arguments by two professional associations that increased monitoring would backfire.

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Thanks to this year's California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, professional hyperlocal news outlets have added new insights and perspectives to their reporting on health issues.

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It all started with toxicology reports from the Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office.

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Antioch University Santa Barbara has long been committed to understanding addiction and developing methods to effectively treat it. Three programs prove the point.

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Addressing an issue as complex as prescription drug abuse among elderly adults starts with educating the public.

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Because of San Francisco’s pharmaceutical dropoff pilot program, residents can now dispose of their medicines — for free — at 16 pharmacies and five police stations in the city. 

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With an increase in anxiety and stress, counselor Lacey Johnson said she has seen a rise in the use and mixture of powerful and dangerous substances among some students at UCSB.

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What do you do if you want to properly dispose of expired or unused prescription medications? It’s not the easiest thing to do here.

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A new company aims to clean up the FDA's messy data for reporting drug adverse events and market it to pharma and other businesses. Health reporters can benefit from the company's work, too.

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How an online-only local news site learned as much about itself as it did about its topic of drug abuse

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