Lisa Girion

Writer

Lisa Girion is a former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where she had covered healthcare, the workplace, legal affairs, human rights and the California economy. Prior to coming to The Times, Girion served as city editor of the Los Angeles Daily News and reported for that paper as well the Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas Morning News and the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal. She has won awards for her work, including exposes on alleged human rights abuses in Myanmar (Burma) and on the health insurance practice of rescinding sick members. She earned a bachelor's degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Girion left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Ex-cop in killing rampage last year stalked LAPD chief's father

    Ex-cop in killing rampage last year stalked LAPD chief's father

    Among the stalking targets of a disgruntled former LAPD cop who went on a murderous rampage last year was Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck's father, a department spokesman said Thursday. Christopher Dorner led authorities on a massive, 10-day manhunt after killing three people to avenge his...

  • Opioids prescribed by doctors led to 92,000 overdoses in ERs in one year

    Opioids prescribed by doctors led to 92,000 overdoses in ERs in one year

    Prescription drug overdoses, a dangerous side effect of the nation’s embrace of narcotic painkillers, are a “substantial” burden on hospitals and the economy, according to a new study of emergency room visits. Overdoses involving prescription painkillers have become a leading cause of injury deaths...

  • As Rx deaths dip, heroin overdoses surge

    As Rx deaths dip, heroin overdoses surge

    Prescription drug deaths declined in 2012 for the first time in more than a decade, but a surge in fatal heroin overdoses wiped out the modest improvement, according to U.S. government statistics released Wednesday. Fatal heroin overdoses rose 35% to 5,927, while deaths involving chemically similar...

  • Rate of fatal overdoses involving pain medications slows, CDC says

    Rate of fatal overdoses involving pain medications slows, CDC says

    Fatal overdoses involving prescription painkillers have increased every year for more than a decade, but a government study has found for the first time that the rate is slowing. Before 2006, the age-adjusted rate of painkiller-involved deaths grew by 18% per year, according to a report issued...

  • DEA tightens controls on hydrocodone painkiller drugs

    DEA tightens controls on hydrocodone painkiller drugs

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is putting tighter controls on the nation's most widely prescribed narcotic painkiller in a move to stem an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death. The agency said it would publish a rule Friday to place hydrocodone combination products, such as Vicodin...

  • FDA approves new opioid pain reliever designed to be hard to abuse

    FDA approves new opioid pain reliever designed to be hard to abuse

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new form of the powerful and controversial pain reliever OxyContin that is designed to be more resistant to abuse, but experts warned the drug could wind up having the opposite effect. Purdue Pharma’s Targiniq ER combines a long-acting form of the...

  • Crackdown on Florida clinics leads to decline in deaths, report finds

    Crackdown on Florida clinics leads to decline in deaths, report finds

    Public health officials have identified a sharp decline in overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers for the first time in a decade. Deaths involving OxyContin, Vicodin and other narcotic painkillers dropped by 26% over two years in Florida after a crackdown on pain clinics that dispensed...

  • Secretive online marketplace for poisons under investigation

    Secretive online marketplace for poisons under investigation

    For more than a year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been investigating a secretive Internet-based marketplace suspected of connecting manufacturers of poisons and other controlled substances with potential buyers, according to court records. The investigation was revealed in an FBI...

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