California regulators have frozen funding to scores of drug rehabilitation clinics amid rampant fraud in the Drug Medi-Cal program. But a CIR analysis indicates that about a dozen clinics with similar track records remain open in L.A. County.
Pain medication prescribed by the VA was supposed to mute one soldier’s chronic back pain, which began after he helped in the 9/11 rescue effort at the Pentagon. Instead, he said, the drugs turned him into an addict.
On the eve of a congressional hearing about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ skyrocketing use of narcotic painkillers, a former VA doctor has stepped forward with new allegations about the agency’s prescription practices.
At the former Treasure Island naval base, an unexpected discovery of radioactive material prompted the bureaucratic equivalent of warfare. In denying that a more sweeping assessment was warranted, the Navy denied its own Cold War history – largely kept secret for more than four decades.
Better performance from fiscal 2004 through 2013 would have meant tens of millions of dollars a year to spend during a decade when the state’s premier public university system saw massive cuts in state funding.
Bolivia has just become the first country in the world to allow children as young as 10 to work legally. This short documentary goes inside a Bolivian mine to see the conditions many child workers face. (via Vice)
Since 2012, an unprecedented uprising by motley bands of vigilantes has put the Knights Templar drug organization on the run. Fueling the movement are thousands of migrants who lived in California and other U.S. states before returning to Mexico.
CIR teamed up with sophomores at San Leandro High School in California to teach elementary school students about healthy eating by playing "Hairnet Hero" and participating in nutrition-related workshops.
The nominations recognize investigations into sexual abuse and harassment of migrant women broadcast on FRONTLINE; fraudulent drug and alcohol rehab programs on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360”; and overprescription of narcotic painkillers by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on PBS NewsHour.