MISSING DIABETIC CURWENSVILLE MAN RETURNS HOME SAFELY

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Curwensville, PA – A missing diabetic 62-year-old Curwensville man has been located and is home safe again.

Police say they are not releasing the man’s name out of respect to him and his family.

Family members were concerned that he might be in trouble because he relies on insulin but did not have his medication with him.

A K-9 response team helped search for the man on Wednesday. They picked up a scent that led to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River,

 

CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR SENIORS

The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is offering evidence-based, self-management classes throughout the county on Diabetes, Chronic Disease, and Chronic Pain.

Six, 2 ½ hour weekly sessions discuss healthy eating, physical activity, medication, stress management, communication, problem solving, action planning, decision making, and working with their health care professionals.

Participants will engage in interactive sessions that help in the process of learning how to build confidence in their abilities to manage their health and maintain active fulfilling lives.

 

DUBOIS DOCTOR ARRESTED FOR PRESCRIPTIONS THAT LED TO OVERDOSE

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DuBois, PA – In part of a statewide opioid crackdown, a DuBois doctor is facing felony charges for prescribing drugs that led to a fatal overdose.

Starting in April 2015, 68-year-old Henry Dela Torre prescribed fentanyl and oxycodone to two patients who he knew were struggling with addiction. Both of those patients overdosed on the medication, and one of the overdoses was fatal.

Dela Torre is charged with violations of the Controlled Substances Act,

 

OXYCODONE STOLEN FROM MAHAFFEY MAN’S UPS PACKAGE

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Mahaffey, PA – Someone stole 59 Oxycodone tablets from a Mahaffey man’s UPS package.

Oxycodone is an opioid medication that can treat moderate to severe pain.

The 5mg medication was taken from a 67-year-old man along Miller Road sometime between Nov. 3 and 10.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Punxsutawney at 814-938-0510.

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DOCTOR CHARGED FOR PRESCRIBING 17,500 OXYCODONE PILLS

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Harrisburg, PA – In the ongoing battle against opioid addiction, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced felony charges against a Scranton doctor for overprescribing 17,504 Oxycodone pills to two patients over a two-year period.

Shapiro says that 60-year-old Dr. Louis Adamo of Lackawanna County was at one point prescribing more than 33 pills a day to just one man, who would later resell at least some of them.

A pharmacy reported the high dosage of opioids to the Attorney General.

 

MAN STEALS AMBULANCE WITH CREW AT GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER

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Danville, PA – Making state news, a Pennsylvania man stole an ambulance with the crew still on board.

The ambulance had just dropped off a patient at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville when a man jumped inside and started to drive away.

The two-person crew realized what was going on and jumped out for their own safety. 29-year-old Adam Zaharick of Kulpmont reportedly said he wanted to “put on a show” and was headed to steal some Oxycodone.

 

DUBOIS PHARMACY TECHNICIAN ACCUSED OF STEALING PILLS

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DuBois, PA – A DuBois pharmacy technician is being charged for stealing drugs from her workplace.

28-year-old Kaitlyn Petrick is accused of taking Oxycodone pills from the pharmacy at Penn Highlands DuBois nine times during January, February, and March.

Petrick allegedly would receive the drug order for the pharmacy, record a lower amount of Oxycodone than the pharmacy was supposed to have, then take the extra pills for herself. When police investigated,

 

COMBAT OPIOID ABUSE: NEW LOCATIONS TO DROP OFF OLD MEDICINE

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Harrisburg, PA – Help combat opioid abuse! If you have expired pills or medications that you don’t use anymore, you need to get rid of it in a safe way so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Addicts who abuse medications often start by taking pills from family members’ or friends’ medicine cabinets. Now there are even more prescription drug “take-back boxes” to make it easier to dispose of your pills.

 

PA COUNTY SUES PHARMA COMPANIES FOR PROMOTING OPIOIDS

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Delaware County, PA – Delaware County in southeastern Pennsylvania is suing 11 pharmaceutical companies and their consulting physicians for what county officials call the deceitful promotion of opioids.

The lawsuit claims that companies have misrepresented the dangers of long-term use of the prescription painkillers, leading many unsuspecting consumers down a path of addiction and death.

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WOMAN ALLEGEDLY ALTERS PRESCRIPTION AT PHILIPSBURG CVS

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Philipsburg, PA – A woman allegedly altered her prescription to try to get more pills from the CVS Drug Store in Philipsburg yesterday.

The workers at the pharmacy caught the attempt, didn’t fill the prescription, then contacted the state police to report the crime.

The unnamed 20-year-old Philipsburg woman is facing charges of criminal attempt of a drug cosmetic act.

Police don’t say what kind of medication she was attempting to get.