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Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Aug 20 2010
The DEA will host a national take-back day for unused medications on Sept. 25.
Jul 15 2010
The Washington State Department of Health has released new numbers about the prescription drug abuse epidemic. The numbers are startling.
Jul 06 2010
Reporting in today's Herald, Diana Hefley writes about Snohomish County's drug take-back program.
May 25 2010
This segment from KING 5's "New Day Northwest" program features helpful information about prescription drug abuse.
Mar 04 2010
 AG McKenna has just returned from a meeting with his fellow attorneys general. During the annual meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), AG McKenna co-moderated a panel titled “Prescription Drug Abuse, The Invisible Epidemic.” 
Feb 17 2010
Attorney General McKenna has a guest column about prescription drug abuse in this week's Snoqualmie Valley Record.
Nov 19 2009
Two recent stories remind us of the danger faced by young people, especially those in college, when they experiment with stimulants. First, the federal government announced on Friday that it will investigate "alcoholic energy drinks." These boozy beverages are mixed with caffeine or other stimulants.
Nov 03 2009
On Sunday, Oct. 25, ABC Television's 60 Minutes aired a terrific story on fraudsters who bilk taxpayers out of about $90 billion a year by siphoning money from Medicare and Medicaid.  The choice quote in the story comes from "Tony," who was convicted of stealing about $20 million from Medicare. He says that stealing money from this program doesn't require being a criminal mastermind. Rather, "It's more like taking candy from a baby," Tony said.
Oct 02 2009
The Los Angeles Times reports: Celebrity disc jockey and Los Angeles club owner Adam Goldstein -- better known by his professional alias, DJ AM -- died of an overdose of cocaine and prescription drugs, the New York City medical examiner ruled Tuesday. "The cause of death was accidental drug overdose due to the combined effects of cocaine, Vicodin, oxycodone, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and levamisole," said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the New York medical examiner. Levamisole is a medication drug dealers cut cocaine with before selling it on the street.
Sep 02 2009
Several newspapers included guest editorials by AG McKenna this week.