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  • Local counselor says prescription drug abuse is a "quiet epidemic"

    February 13, 2012 10:20 PM

    Although Whitney Houston battled prescription drug addiction for years, it is too soon to know if drugs were a cause for her death. We do know, however, that prescription drug abuse is a very big problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,... more »
  • FDA revokes approval of Avastin for breast cancer

    November 18, 2011 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has declared the blockbuster drug Avastin should no longer be used in breast cancer patients because there's no proof it extends their lives - and it is causing dangerous side effects. Friday's ruling was long expected, but is sure to disappoint women... more »
  • Painkiller abuse strikes the Central Coast

    November 10, 2011 1:42 AM

    The abuse of painkiller medication is now being called an epidemic in the United States, and it is sweeping through the Central Coast. Robert Saenz, a medical consultant who studies drug misuse, met with Central Coast doctors Wednesday night with advice on how to better monitor their patients, so... more »
  • Santa Maria Police face day one of jail closure

    June 27, 2011 10:32 PM

    If there wasn't enough going on in Santa Maria today for police, today was the first day they had to deal with a new way of handling anyone they want take to jail. As part of budget cuts, the branch of the Santa Barbara County jail that is located... more »
  • Drug detectives calling on public to help stop outdoor marijuana grows

    June 9, 2011 9:45 PM

    Santa Barbara County drug detectives need your help to stop deadly and dangerous outdoor marijuana grows. Each summer, the sheriff's office says narcotics officers destroy hundreds of thousands of marijuana plants grown illegally in remote locations throughout the county. This year, detectives are distributing fliers encouraging people to report... more »
  • Arrest warrant issued for Lindsay Lohan

    September 20, 2010 3:41 PM

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A Beverly Hills judge has issued an arrest warrant for Lindsay Lohan after the actress failed a drug test. The 24-year-old has been ordered to appear in court Friday and is now facing possible jail time for violating her probation. Officials at Los Angeles County... more »
  • Local group wants better drug and alcohol treatment

    August 17, 2010 9:48 PM

    A local group is calling on Santa Barbara County leaders to change the way they handle drug and alcohol abuse. Families act says recent numbers from the county coroner's office show drug and alcohol-related deaths tripled from 2008 to 2009. They say rehabilitation should be the main focus. In... more »
  • Local group questions county's approach to tackling drugs and alcohol

    August 17, 2010 12:56 PM

    A local grassroots organization is calling for alternative solutions to what they call a growing drug problem in Santa Barbara County. According to the group Families ACT!, alcohol and drug related deaths in the county tripled from 2008 to 2009. According to the county coroner's office the number of deaths... more »
  • San Luis Obispo police officers plead guilty to transporting drugs across the border

    May 3, 2010 6:01 PM

    Two San Luis Obispo police officers remain on administrative leave after pleading guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of transporting misbranded prescription medications across the border at the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego. Officers Dan McDow and Armando Limon were detained by customs and immigration enforcement on... more »
  • Woman hit by car in Santa Barbara, driver arrested for DUI

    April 7, 2010 2:37 AM

    Santa Barbara police say a woman is in the hospital, after being hit by a car while she was crossing the street. It happened just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of De La Vina and Pueblo Street in Santa Barbara. Officers say the driver of the car... more »
  • Four men arrested in connection with heroin sales investigation

    April 1, 2010 7:11 PM

    Authorities arrest four Central Coast residents in connection with a heroin sales investigation. Investigators from multiple agencies say they served drug search warrants at three locations in the Five Cities area Thursday morning. One of the locations was in Oceano, but the exact address is not being released. The... more »
  • Four arrested in Santa Maria after stabbing

    March 13, 2010 10:28 PM

    Drugs, weapons and assault are among the list of things four Santa Maria residents are charged with, after a stabbing sends one man to the hospital. Officers responded to Marian Medical Center to question 24-year-old Daniel Diaz, who was being treated for stab wounds. Officers traced the suspect to... more »
  • Holiday DUI campaign results in 11 arrests

    December 26, 2009 3:20 PM

    Law enforcement officers say at least 11 people have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the 'Avoid the 14' DUI crackdown campaign. Officers say that number could climb, as not all the agencies involved in the campaign have reported their final number of arrests... more »
  • Marijuana eradication increases in Santa Barbara County

    November 18, 2009 6:43 PM

    The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says it has eradicated more than $700 million worth of marijuana plants this year. The sheriff's department released a report Wednesday stating it had destroyed 22 marijuana grows in 2009 compared to 16 grows in 2008. That's almost 240,000 marijuana plants this year alone.... more »
  • Meth Awareness Month

    November 12, 2009 9:22 PM

    THESE ARE THE FACES OF METHAMPHETAMINE. ONE OF THE MOST ADDICTIVE ILLEGAL DRUGS IS GETTING SOME REAL ATTENTION. "The first time that I did it, it felt like I had been hit in the back with a two by four and I didn't ever want to do it again. I... more »
  • Atascadero man arrested for selling drugs

    November 11, 2009 1:32 AM

    Law enforcement in San Luis Obispo arrested 42-year-old David Perez of Atascadero after they say he sold drugs to and undercover officer. Police say Perez sold meth, ecstasy, and marijuana to the officer. He was arrested with out incident and booked into the San Luis Obispo county jail. His bail... more »

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