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  • L.A. Now Live: Discuss 'problem prescribers,' chronic drug abusers

    L.A. Now Live: Discuss 'problem prescribers,' chronic drug abusers
    Join Times staff writer Lisa Girion for an online chat at 12:30 p.m. on how doctors are fueling the nation's prescription drug epidemic.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman's death calls attention to rise in heroin use

    NEW YORK — The death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman underscores a surge in heroin use reminiscent of the 1970s and early '80s. More than 660,000 Americans used heroin in 2012, health officials say — nearly double the number...

    Legal drugs, deadly outcomes

    Legal drugs, deadly outcomes
    Terry Smith collapsed face-down in a pool of his own vomit. Lynn Blunt snored loudly as her lungs slowly filled with fluid. Summer Ann Burdette was midway through a pear when she stopped breathing. Larry Carmichael knocked over a lamp as he fell...

    Prescription deaths: Lawmaker wants cases reported to Medical Board

    The chairman of a state senate committee that oversees the Medical Board said Monday he would introduce a bill requiring coroners to report all prescription drug deaths to the agency—a move aimed at helping authorities identify doctors whose...

    L.A. Now Live: Inside The Times' prescription deaths investigation

    Times staff writers Scott Glover and Lisa Girion will join LA Now Live at 9 a.m. on Monday to discuss their story and database about prescription drug deaths.