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Aug 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM
Sylvester Stallone's son Sage died at age 36 from natural causes due to a heart condition, coroner's officials said Thursday.
Apr 5, 2012 at 8:09 AM
Sales of the nation's two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients' suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.
Apr 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested again Monday, just days after he posted bail on similar charges that he burglarized a home and stole prescription drugs, authorities said.
Mar 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM
On his second trip through high school, former C-student Alex Salinas got a lot of A's. He was 22, however, and an undercover narcotics officer going by the name Johnny Ramirez.
Mar 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM
A Montana man is charged with animal cruelty after his 20-pound dog was found so intoxicated it couldn't stand up.
Feb 10, 2012 at 7:22 AM
Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is facing a March court date in Las Vegas following his arrest on a 2009 traffic warrant and a new misdemeanor drug charge, authorities said Thursday.
Dec 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM
Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation's second most-abused medicine, which has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse.
Nov 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM

FRESNO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Bakersfield doctor was arrested Friday for allegedly prescribing powerful painkillers for no legitimate reason.

Gonzalo Flores Ruiz, 47, is licensed by the state and practiced medicine at the Central...
Nov 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM
A Bakersfield doctor was arrested Friday for allegedly prescribing powerful painkillers for no legitimate reason.
Oct 4, 2011 at 7:50 AM
Drug abusers are exploiting Medicare prescription's benefit to score large quantities of painkillers, and taxpayers have to foot most of the bill, according to a new report by congressional investigators.
Jan 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM
Federal health regulators are limiting a key ingredient found in Vicodin, Percocet and other prescription painkillers that have been linked to thousands of cases of liver damage each year.
Dec 5, 2010 at 10:56 AM
Some 33 people have been charged so far in a large-scale investigation that has opened a window into an emerging class of suppliers in the illicit drug trade: medical patients, including many who rely on the publicly funded Medicaid program.
Aug 19, 2010 at 12:17 PM
Deputy Roger Dixon, a 28-year veteran of the department, was arraigned Thursday on felony charges for drug and weapon possession and a misdemeanor charge of drug use.
Aug 17, 2010 at 1:44 PM
A Kern County deputy facing drug charges appeared to be high and had numerous injection marks on his arms when he was arrested Aug. 5, according to court documents obtained Tuesday.
Jun 18, 2010 at 8:36 AM
For the first time, abuse of painkillers and other medication is sending as many people to the emergency room as the use of illegal drugs.