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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Many seniors may be paying too much for drugs

Seniors have until the end of the year to switch Medicare drug plans to get a better deal. But many will pass up the chance to save hundreds of dollars a year in prescription costs. The reason: With dozens of drug plans on the market, many seniors get overwhelmed at the prospect of changing plans, even if a different one would better suit their needs and lower their costs.

State programs aim to monitor prescription use

Each year, Idaho monitors more than a million drug prescriptions, helping the state track some of the most addictive substances in the pharmaceutical industry. But Washington, facing a huge budget shortfall last year, canceled the implementation of a similar monitoring program.

Sentenced to 4 years, robber cites addiction

A 24-year-old convicted robber told a judge Thursday how he went from living with his girlfriend and their 7-year-old daughter to putting a knife to a man’s throat to get a pharmacist to hand over a bag of OxyContin pills.

Woman robbed of prescriptions in her home

Two men burst into a Spokane woman’s apartment this morning and stole OxyContin and hydrocodone. A 54-year-old woman answered her apartment door about 5:45 a.m. in the 3100 block of E. 37th Avenue and two men forced their way in and ran off with the drugs, which the woman had obtained with a prescription, according to Spokane police.

Pharmacist says ex-worker ‘snookered’ him

Prescription drug crimes plaguing Art Tyrrell’s independent pharmacy spurred him to merge his operations with Safeway last month, ending the pharmacy’s run of nearly 100 years on South Perry Street. Burglars shattered windows and took hundreds of prescription medications regularly. The occasional gunpoint robbery left workers frightened and angry.