Monday, December 9 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-09 23:37:59 GMT
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."The RFP includesMore >>
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:34 PM EST2013-12-09 22:34:19 GMT
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Police are reporting a flatbed lumber semi-truck has overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan. Police are reporting the driver is out of the truck, and seems to be okay. PoliceMore >>
A flatbed lumber semi-truck that overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan has now been up righted. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 10:54 PM EST2013-12-12 03:54:43 GMT
The cold weather didn't stop hundreds of people from going to a concert on Wednesday that honored late Evansville Police Detective Nathan Schroer. The show went will into the night at the old North HighMore >>
The cold weather didn't stop hundreds of people from going to a concert on Wednesday that honored late Evansville Police Detective Nathan Schroer.More >>
VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) -
Prescription drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in cases investigated by the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office.
There were 47 drug overdoses last year and already 20 this year. Officials say the alarming part is that these deaths are a result of legally obtained prescription drugs.
Doctors at Deaconess Hospital see patients that come in strictly looking for pain pills.
Doctors here have the option to check a patient's medical history with Indiana Inspect to see if that patient is visiting several doctors for the same drugs.
"I think that the biggest common misconception is that it's street drugs that are causing the deaths. We very rarely see a street drug death. We see, almost exclusively, prescription medications have caused the overdose and the death and that these are legally obtained," Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Lockyear said.
Lockyear said the long-time practice of "doctor shopping" is putting narcotics in the hands of long-time abusers.
"People tend to go from hospital to hospital ,doctor to doctor, and these people seek out those doctors that will prescribe medications," Lockyear said.
Officials say emergency rooms are revolving doors for "doctor shoppers."
Lockyear says emergency rooms and all physicians have access to Indiana Inspect.
The prescription drug monitoring program is intended to make patient safety a top priority.
Lockyear said doctors should use the program and the coroner's office does use the program for every overdose case.
When checking the records of a recent overdose victim, the Inspect report revealed a pattern of "doctor shopping."
"Literally hundreds of pills in one month, and this is something not only January, but something that has been going on for numerous months, if not years," Lockyear said.
But the report isn't shocking, Lockyear said.
The patient in this case was receiving high counts of addictive pain killers, from several doctors, several times a month.
Had the patient's doctors checked the Inspect report, it could have prevented an overdose.
"If they had seen that this person had been prescribed numerous narcotics from various doctors, would at least caution them before they give them more and maybe seek different treatments for that patient," Lockyear said.
Lockyear said only about one-third of Indiana doctors use the voluntary program.
The program, however, is mandatory for pharmacies and dispensaries to report to.
Dr. Gina Huhnke, Co-Medical Director of the Emergency Room at Deaconess Hospital, said they use Inspect on a case-by-case basis.
"It's our choice whether or not we choose to look at Inspect based on how many prescriptions we think this patient might have received previously," Dr. Huhnke said.
So who's responsible for prescription drug overdoses, the abuser, or the medical professional who put those drugs in their hands?
"Obviously it's very difficult for the medical profession be held responsible for what should be a patient responsibility," Dr. Huhnke said.
Huhnke said it is the patient's responsibility to tell Emergency Room staff which drugs they are taking.
Indiana is one of 42 states with a prescription monitoring program.
Kentucky's system, Kasper, works in a similar fashion. However, state law requires medical professionals to check a patient's record in the system before writing a prescription.
Illinois also has a prescription monitoring program.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:41 AM EST2013-12-11 13:41:37 GMT
HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) – Two students at Henderson High School is facing expulsion after the school says "serious horseplay" occurred on other students. According to Henderson School District Public InformationMore >>
Two students at Henderson High School are facing expulsion after the school says "serious horseplay" occurred on other students.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:08 PM EST2013-12-11 02:08:16 GMT
An Evansville mother is facing several child neglect charges. Police say a tip lead them to 29-year-old Jessica Pate's home on Jackson Avenue. Officers say during a search of her home they found threeMore >>
An Evansville mother is facing several child neglect charges.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:27 PM EST2013-12-12 04:27:21 GMT
The hype of the Auburn Tiger's SEC win has not died down and one Auburn fan is celebrating the big win in a unique way.In Fayetteville GA, Robert Fulton is celebrating the Tiger's big SEC win by displayingMore >>
The hype of the Auburn Tigers' SEC win hasn't died down and one Auburn fan is celebrating the big win in a unique way.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:24 PM EST2013-12-11 04:24:49 GMT
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This time of year if you haven't come down with a cold consider yourself lucky. "Most of them come from your hands. You touch surfaces, you scratch your nose, the virus gets in," said Dr. Don BucklinMore >>
This time of year if you haven't come down with a cold consider yourself lucky. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:39 AM EST2013-12-11 14:39:39 GMT
CHEYNNE, WY (KGWN/CNN) - For the second year in a row, the Grinch is on patrol in Cheyenne, WY. With his trusty dog max and his radar gun in hand, he took to the streets Tuesday morning to remind driversMore >>
For the second year in a row, the Grinch is on patrol in Cheyenne, WY.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 3:59 PM EST2013-12-10 20:59:50 GMT
On Monday December 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm the North Canton Police Department responded to 1161 North Main Street Lot 16, to investigate a report of the possibility of infant skeletal remains found in aMore >>
An investigation is underway after the skeletal remains of two infants were found in a North Canton mobile home.
Cops were called to the mobile home on North Main Street just before 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:21 PM EST2013-12-11 01:21:35 GMT
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing andMore >>
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.