A Calabasas High School teacher was waiting for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday when he came face to face with a man toting a gun. As the gunman took aim, Brian Ludmer turned to run and dived away, but he was struck at least once in the leg, said Las Virgenes schools Supt....
Dr. John Dimowo, who was profiled in a Times series on overdose deaths, is accused of prescribing narcotics to undercover agents posing as patients.
State senators from California and Nevada send letters demanding the site 'stop participating in illegal dealings of narcotics.'
Purdue Pharma has privately identified about 1,800 doctors who may have recklessly prescribed the painkiller to addicts and dealers, yet it has done little to alert authorities.
A database that could identify prolific prescribers and prevent overdose deaths is readily available, but California officials say they lack the resources to take advantage of it.
Some provide massive amounts of painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs to addicts and dealers, according to state records, regulators and law enforcement officials.
In response to a Times report, state Sen. Curren D. Price Jr. (D-Los Angeles) wants coroners to report all such deaths to the state medical board.
Prescription overdoses kill more people than heroin and cocaine. An L.A. Times review of coroners' records finds that drugs prescribed by a small number of doctors caused or contributed to a disproportionate number of deaths.