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By the Editors of Consumer Reports | May 12, 2013
If your insurance has ever stopped covering a prescription drug or you don't have coverage at all, you know how quickly costs can mount. Americans spent, on average, $758 out of pocket for medication in 2012, according to a recent Consumer Reports national telephone poll. And in its survey of 1,130 people who regularly took prescription drugs - the insured and uninsured - 12 percent spent more than $1,200 last year. Consumer Reports' advice if you're looking to reduce out-of-pocket drug costs: Shop around.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | October 19, 2004
Choosing which drug card program is best depends on the prescription drugs a patient uses, where he lives and his monthly income, said Robert Zimmerman, regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For help in finding and enrolling in the best program, he said Medicare recipients should contact their state Agency on Aging, call the Medicare help line at 800-MEDICAR (800-633-4227) or visit the Medicare Web site at www.medicare.gov. Callers should have their ZIP codes, monthly income and prescriptions ready in order to decide which program is best, Zimmerman said.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 22, 2012
Prescription drug abuse is “really becoming a big problem” in Hagerstown, city Police Chief Arthur Smith warned this week. “We haven't had the numbers of fatal overdoses that they've had in West Virginia, but that is one that is not to be underestimated,” Smith told the Hagerstown City Council during a work session Tuesday. “We were starting to see more heroin. I think the (Oxycodone) has kind of stepped into that niche, and it's really just as addictive, and people overdose really easily.
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By ANDREA ROWLAND | June 26, 1999
Pamela Woodward knows now that happiness doesn't come in a pill. It was a revelation that came hard, a lesson learned only after she had become an addict, a criminal and a statistic. The 29-year-old Hagerstown waitress was addicted to prescription drugs for three years. She faked prescriptions, nursed a rotting tooth, and endured the daily discomfort of heel spurs to get the pain pills she sometimes took 12 times a day. She even bought a prescription once from a stranger she saw walking out of a hospital.
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By DAN DEARTH | December 19, 2008
With the cost of prescription drugs on the rise, senior citizens living on a fixed income might find it hard to afford their medicine. But thanks to the Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program, seniors who spend $2,700 to $4,350 a year on medicine could be eligible to receive as much as $1,200 in financial assistance under what is known as the donut hole subsidy. About 55 seniors from Washington County attended a workshop Thursday at the Plaza Hotel near Hagerstown to determine whether they qualified.
NEWS
January 24, 2008
BALTIMORE ? Former Boonsboro resident Kathleen Ann Harris pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in the death of a Boonsboro teen last summer, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said. According to the plea agreement, Harris, 39, now of Olney, Md., and a co-conspirator began selling prescription drugs including methadone and various brands of oxycodone and hydrocodone in 2006. Harris was able to obtain the drugs because she had medical problems that allowed her to get prescriptions from physicians, who were unaware that she intended to sell the drugs, the press release said.
NEWS
October 26, 2006
· Supports health-care programs serving uninsured residents · Public safety through sex offender registry Web site and proper funding for state police · Freeze University System of Maryland tuition · Legalize slot machines to supplement funding for education and senior citizens' prescription drugs · More meaningful medical malpractice reform, such as good Samaritan protection for emergency providers ...
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BY SARAH MULLIN | May 11, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., visited Patterson's Drug Store in Martinsburg Friday morning to announce she will introduce a prescription drug bill next week. A small group of senior citizens were on hand to speak to Capito about prescription drugs. Martinsburg resident Robert Fazio said he had open heart surgery and now pays upwards of $200 a month on medication. "I hope she (Capito) can do what she can to lower the cost," he said.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | January 19, 2005
tammyb@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Two years ago, the state insurance commissioner blocked the sale of one of Maryland's largest health-care insurers, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, to a California company. The General Assembly subsequently approved legislation to reform the company, which had sought to convert from its not-for-profit status to for-profit status in anticipation of the sale. On Tuesday, CareFirst officials briefed a House committee on steps the company is taking to comply with the reforms ordered by the legislature.
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By DAN DEARTH | December 18, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- With the cost of prescription drugs on the rise, senior citizens living on a fixed income might find it hard to afford their medicine. But thanks to the Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program, seniors who spend $2,700 to $4,350 a year on medicine could be eligible to receive as much as $1,200 in financial assistance under what is known as the donut hole subsidy. About 55 seniors from Washington County attended a workshop Thursday at the Plaza Hotel near Hagerstown to determine whether they qualified.
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By the Editors of Consumer Reports | May 12, 2013
If your insurance has ever stopped covering a prescription drug or you don't have coverage at all, you know how quickly costs can mount. Americans spent, on average, $758 out of pocket for medication in 2012, according to a recent Consumer Reports national telephone poll. And in its survey of 1,130 people who regularly took prescription drugs - the insured and uninsured - 12 percent spent more than $1,200 last year. Consumer Reports' advice if you're looking to reduce out-of-pocket drug costs: Shop around.
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From staff reports | April 23, 2013
Several police agencies in Franklin County, Pa., and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this weekend. On Saturday, people can drop off expired, unwanted or unused medications at various locations. Most drop-off points do not accept needles.   In Southcentral Pennsylvania: The Greencastle Police Department will be collecting medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Food Lion in Greencastle. For more information, call 717-597-9506.
NEWS
March 19, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office will hold a prescription drug turn-in Saturday, a sheriff's office official said Monday. The collection will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Washington County Health Department, 13114 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, Deputy Carly Hose said in a news release. “The Prescription Drug Turn-In program takes unwated or expired medications and disposes of them in a way which is both safe for the environment and the community,” Hose said in the release.
OPINION
May 5, 2012
Thumbs up to students in a Human Rights Literature class at Greencastle-Antrim High School who created “The Glorious & The Brave,” a documentary about World War II and the Holocaust. The video preserves the memories of local veterans and Holocaust survivors, who share firsthand accounts of the liberation of concentration camps. Thumbs up to Joseph Ernst, Emily Gross, Baily Covington and Devin Fales, middle school students who were recognized by the Washington County Board of Commissioners with Youth Meritorious Awards.
NEWS
April 27, 2012
Expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs and medications will be accepted Saturday at several locations in the Eastern Panhandle as part of the fourth annual National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration said in a news release this month that the initiative is part of the DEA's effort to bring a national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical substance abuse, while providing a secure and environmentally friendly outlet...
NEWS
April 24, 2012
The Chambersburg Police Department is looking for a white male who robbed the North Point Pharmacy in Chambersburg on Tuesday. Police said the man entered the pharmacy at 370 Philadelphia Ave. at around 9:08 a.m. The suspect presented a pistol and subsequently took numerous  prescription drugs from the business, police said in a statement. According to North Point Pharmacy Manager/Pharmacist Lax Modha, no one was injured in the robbery. Police said the suspect fled the scene on foot, police said.
OPINION
March 8, 2012
“This is in response to the baseball stadium, senior citizens, and anything else that the people don't want in Hagerstown. You know, we could have had a NASCAR race track in Hagerstown, outside of Hagerstown, but people didn't want it. It'd only been here one day a year, but it would have brought money into hotels and everything else. Now they don't want that. I think the people in Hagerstown need to grow up a little bit, and think things out a little bit.” - Hagerstown “The new stadium, new baseball stadium in Frederick is very nice.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 22, 2012
Prescription drug abuse is “really becoming a big problem” in Hagerstown, city Police Chief Arthur Smith warned this week. “We haven't had the numbers of fatal overdoses that they've had in West Virginia, but that is one that is not to be underestimated,” Smith told the Hagerstown City Council during a work session Tuesday. “We were starting to see more heroin. I think the (Oxycodone) has kind of stepped into that niche, and it's really just as addictive, and people overdose really easily.
LIFESTYLE
November 18, 2011
The Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) will host a free workshop for members from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at The Plaza Hotel, 1718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown. Workshop attendees will receive one-on-one help from representatives who will explain prescription drug coverage assistance that closes most of the "doughnut hole" and enrolls participants in a prescription drug plan that accepts the $35 subsidy provided to members. For more information, call 800-215-8038.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 12, 2011
A Hagerstown man was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to a year on home detention after pleading guilty to selling his prescription medicines to a police informant. Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Philip Eugene Main, 52, of 128 Wishing Star Court to four years in prison, but suspended all of it but the year on home detention. Main had pleaded guilty to distribution of methadone in exchange for the dismissal of charges of distribution of Oxycodone, possession of Oxycodone and possession of methadone.
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