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Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than auto accidents, and prescription drugs are a big part of the problem. Where do chronic abusers get their drugs? Not just from friends and relatives as previously thought, but also from doctors. The state Medical Board is discussing guidelines to reduce the number of "problem prescribers." Is it time for more than just talking? Should physicians tell more patients to try to endure a little more pain? Also, California's Jerry Brown hosted Israel's Bibi Nethanyahu today in Silicon Valley.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, the world is waiting for Vladimir Putin to make another move or to relax tensions in Eastern Ukraine. Is Crimea already lost? We look at the options for the US and the European Union to defuse what's becoming a dangerous crisis.

 
Banner image: Charles Williams

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

Israel's Netanyahu Signs Agreement with Brown in Silicon Valley 5 MIN, 44 SEC

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met President Obama at the White House. Today, he was in Silicon Valley, where he signed a business agreement with Governor Jerry Brown. Carla Marinucci, who covers politics for the San Francisco Chronicle, says it was a sort of "mini-summit."

Guests:
Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle (@cmarinucci)

Do Painkillers Do More Harm than Good: A Doctor's Dilemma 18 MIN, 59 SEC

The federal Centers for Disease Control produced a surprising finding today about the epidemic of deaths in America from prescription pain-killers. Drug overdoses kill 16,000 people a year. Previously, it had been thought that abusers got their pills from friends and family. The CDC says 27% of chronic prescription drug abuses got them directly from a physician. A recent study by the LA Times showed that doctors' prescriptions lead to 47% of fatal overdoses in Southern California.

Guests:
Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times (@lisagirion)
Mitchell Katz, LA County Department of Health Services
April Rovero, National Coalition against Prescription Drug Abuse (@ncapda)

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