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STFriday: monitoring Rx drugs & Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Oct 25, 2013 6:31 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday:


The state House voted 191 – 7 this week to approve a bill to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

The vote follows the release of a recent study that found Pennsylvania ranks 14th among states for overdose deaths.

The bill’s supporters say the database would be confidential – used by doctors and pharmacists to curb the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.

A key amendment would require law enforcement to obtain a search warrant to access the records. But the bill’s author says the change would make narcotics’ officers jobs more difficult.

Smart Talk Friday will explore the impacts of the bill on patients, police and physicians.


Photo by Mary Wilson / witf


Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico

witf’s Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson talks with C. Richard Schott, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society on the show. Joining us live are state Representative Matt Baker, who sponsored the bill, and Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico.

Also, Smart Talk Friday will welcome Political Junkie Ken Rudin back to the airwaves to discuss the fallout of the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate. Rudin will be a frequent guest on Smart Talk Friday in the weeks and months ahead.

Finally, Chef John Moeller worked for three different First Families at the White House from 1992 – 2005. His new book, Dining at the White House – From the President’s Table to Yours chronicles those years through behind-the-scenes stories and recipes.


Chef Moeller at work

Moeller is back in his hometown of Lancaster, running State of Affairs Catering. That’s where we caught up with him making a hearty batch of chicken noodle soup on a cold fall day. He’ll be featured at this Sunday’s Harvest Celebration to benefit the Hempfield Area Food Pantry. Tickets are still available.


Mary Wilson (left) Matt Paul (right) live on Smart Talk Friday

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