drugs http://kcur.org en Meet Three Outstanding Law Enforcement Canines http://kcur.org/post/meet-three-outstanding-law-enforcement-canines <p>Law enforcement dogs these days can do some incredible things: sniffing out the chemicals used to start an arson fire, getting illegal drugs off our streets, or finding evidence in shootings and explosives investigations.</p><p>On this edition of&nbsp;<em>Up to Date, </em>host Steve Kraske&nbsp;meets three law enforcement dogs, and their handlers, to find out what it takes for a dog to become a key part of a law enforcement team.</p><p><strong>Roxi&nbsp;</strong></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:18:49 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56508 at http://kcur.org Meet Three Outstanding Law Enforcement Canines Missouri Likely To Remain The Only State Without Prescription Drug Database http://kcur.org/post/missouri-likely-remain-only-state-without-prescription-drug-database <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri has a distinction that troubles many involved in public health: It'</span>s the only state in the country that does not monitor prescription drugs.</p><p>Some say that heightens the problem of prescription drug abuse.</p><p>Missouri legislators are trying to create a drug monitoring system, but concerns over privacy have stirred opposition.</p><p><strong>Rising abuse</strong></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Alex Smith 55414 at http://kcur.org Missouri Likely To Remain The Only State Without Prescription Drug Database Off-Label Drug Use http://kcur.org/post/label-drug-use <div>A doctor looking to help a patient prescribes a medication for a condition it was not originally marketed to treat. How legal, and how risky the off-label use of prescription drugs?</div><div>On Thursday's Up To Date &nbsp;Steve Kraske talks with a pharmacist about just how common this practice is among physicians and why drug companies don’t market their products for multiple uses.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:41:36 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 55072 at http://kcur.org Off-Label Drug Use Opiate Addiction In Kansas City: Heroin Use On The Rise http://kcur.org/post/opiate-addiction-kansas-city-heroin-use-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tragic death of actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman has shed light on heroin and opiate use in America. Right here in Kansas City, opiate-based drugs are more popular than ever and the results have been devastating. Central Standard takes a look at why Kansas and Missouri residents are using these lethal substances and what impact heroin addiction has had on one local family.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:00:10 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51111 at http://kcur.org Addiction http://kcur.org/post/addiction <p>The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family in cheer.&nbsp; The holidays also are a time of high stress and anxiety which can lead to <strong>addictive behaviors</strong>.</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:20:48 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Jabulani Leffall 28416 at http://kcur.org Addiction 'Operation Blockbuster' Shuts Down Massive Drug Ring http://kcur.org/post/operation-blockbuster-shuts-down-massive-drug-ring <p>As head of one of the most successful drug operations, Alejandro Corredor moved hundreds of pounds of cocaine, meth, and marijuana from Mexico through Kansas City. Using part-time rappers as part of his crew, Corredor managed to move millions of dollars worth of Mexican drugs.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:18:17 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander & Greta Wendelin 21109 at http://kcur.org 'Operation Blockbuster' Shuts Down Massive Drug Ring Willie Mays Aikens: A Second Lease On Life http://kcur.org/post/willie-mays-aikens-second-lease-life <p>Baseball&rsquo;s <strong>Willie Mays Aikens</strong> has done a lot of living in his 57 years.&nbsp; He&rsquo;s now a hitting instructor for the <a href="http://royals.mlb.com" target="_blank">Kansas City Royals,</a> something he knows a thing or two about: he was the first major leaguer in history to hit two home runs in a game twice in the same series.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 03:14:09 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 16939 at http://kcur.org Willie Mays Aikens: A Second Lease On Life The Race To Create The Best Antiviral Drugs http://kcur.org/post/race-create-best-antiviral-drugs If you've ever had a bacterial infection like staph or strep throat, your doctor may have prescribed penicillin. But if you've had the flu or a common cold virus, penicillin won't work. That's because antibacterials only kill bacteria, and both the flu and the common cold are viruses. So for illnesses like the flu, doctors prescribe antiviral drugs, which target the mechanisms that viruses use to reproduce.<p>"For example, there are antivirals for the flu that interfere with the virus as it tries to get out of its host cell," says science writer Carl Zimmer. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:37:00 +0000 editor 16104 at http://kcur.org The Race To Create The Best Antiviral Drugs Across America, The Grip of Prescription Painkillers Tightens http://kcur.org/post/across-america-grip-prescription-painkillers-tightens Tens of millions of Americans turn to powerful painkillers to ease their sufferings. But an analysis on the sales of two prescription drugs over a decade is particularly worrisome.<p>Check out The Associated Press' interactive map at the end of this post. It uses data from the Drug Enforcement Agency to show how sales of oxycodone and hydrocodone ballooned from 2000-10.<p>You can click on individual states to see which areas had the biggest increases.<p>An <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/05/150070840/soaring-painkiller-sales-fuel-fears-of-addiction">accompanying report</a> says U.S. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 18:17:00 +0000 editor 15491 at http://kcur.org Across America, The Grip of Prescription Painkillers Tightens Drug Spending Levels Off, But Not For The Usual Reasons http://kcur.org/post/drug-spending-levels-not-usual-reasons U.S. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 20:51:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 15439 at http://kcur.org Drug Spending Levels Off, But Not For The Usual Reasons More Fake Cancer Drugs Found In The U.S. http://kcur.org/post/more-fake-cancer-drugs-found-us Another batch of phony cancer drugs has made its way into the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says.<p>U.S.-based medical practices purchased vials of counterfeit medicine labeled as Altuzan from a foreign supplier, FDA spokesperson Shelly Burgess tells Shots. She said the agency doesn't have any reports of patients having received the counterfeit drugs.<p>Altuzan is the Turkish brand name for Avastin, the FDA-approved blockbuster cancer drug from Swiss drugmaker Roche's Genentech unit. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:22:00 +0000 editor 15430 at http://kcur.org More Fake Cancer Drugs Found In The U.S. ALS Research Discoveries Hold Promise; Drug Shortages Cause Scares http://kcur.org/post/als-research-discoveries-hold-promise-drug-shortages-cause-scares <p>New insights about the development of ALS, or Lou Gehrig&#39;s disease, can help explain what causes nerve- and muscle-cell failure in sufferers, and researchers hope the new knowledge will help design drugs to combat the disease.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:33:16 +0000 Steve Kraske 11378 at http://kcur.org ALS Research Discoveries Hold Promise; Drug Shortages Cause Scares Tougher Penalties For Selling Drugs To Kids http://kcur.org/post/tougher-penalties-selling-drugs-kids <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d852659ff5e-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d852659ff5e-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d852659ff5e-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-895615.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas lawmakers have sent the governor a bill strengthening the penalties for those who sell drugs to kids, or expose them to the hazards of meth labs.</p> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 15:19:12 +0000 Bryan Thompson 6510 at http://kcur.org Synthetic Marijuana Ban Moves Forward in Missouri House, Senate http://kcur.org/post/synthetic-marijuana-ban-moves-forward-missouri-house-senate <p>Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House and Senate have given initial approval to a ban on a widely available chemical that attempts to mimic the effects of marijuana.</p> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:28:16 +0000 KCUR & Associated Press 6422 at http://kcur.org Synthetic Marijuana Ban Moves Forward in Missouri House, Senate