Friday, September 27, 2013 9:10 am
Dear Pharmacist: I have neck pain, sciatica and headaches. I’ve tried prednisone, Celebrex, Ibuprofen, Vicodin, physical therapy, chiropractors, massage, reiki, acupuncture, prayer work, laser and 2 surgeries on my neck. Nothing helps. Please, any ideas? — D.C., San Diego
Friday, December 14, 2012 12:00 am
The first round of an ambitious sweep that included Lodi police officers netted 34 arrests, 22 guns and about five pounds of marijuana this week.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 12:00 am
A Stockton doctor has quietly opened Lodi's first methadone clinic in Lodi Memorial Hospital's Urgent Care office, raising concerns due to the proximity to a local school.
Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:00 am
Lodi police detectives watched for three hours, staking out a home on Adobe Court in Lodi. They were waiting to search a house that was suspected of being a place for drug buys.
Friday, April 20, 2012 7:22 am
Dear Pharmacist: I live in chronic pain, it’s usually my joints, but now my nerves are involved. My tests are all normal, and my doctor gives me Celebrex, Vicodin and Flexeril. I feel doped up, and still live in pain. What else can I do? — B.C., Sanibel Island, Fla.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:00 am
A bartender at California Street Pub was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of selling hydrocodone — similar to Vicodin — and possessing marijuana at the bar, according to Lodi police.
Friday, July 22, 2011 8:06 am
Dear Readers: Recently, I asked my Facebook
fans to share their favorite folk remedies. These homegrown tips
are not intended to take the place of your physician’s advice, nor
does my printing them imply effectiveness. So don’t email me if you
wind up smelling like lasagna or a speed stick! Here is a sampling
of the submissions:
Saturday, September 25, 2010 12:00 am
Dear Pharmacist: I’m
having trouble sleeping and I’m wondering if it has something to do
with my new medications. I’ve begun taking sertraline (Zoloft) for
depression at night and hydrocodone for pain which I take every
morning. The problem is that I feel like a zombie at work but I
stay up all night. Is this normal?
Saturday, July 31, 2010 12:00 am
He was a nurse. Then he became a minister. Then he went into
banking. Now he's a federal prison inmate, charged with 12 armed
Friday, April 30, 2010 12:00 am
Over the course of a little more than one year, Galt residents
have saved about $5,000 on prescriptions through a discount medical
card program offered through the city.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:00 am
Dear Straight Talk: My brother is 25. He's
always been moody and used to have a bad temper. Now he's sometimes
manic, sometimes drowsy.
Thursday, December 24, 2009 12:00 am
Christmas Eve performances
Friday, September 11, 2009 10:00 pm
Dear Straight Talk: I'm concerned for friends
who buy Adderall and Ritalin at school in order to stay up late
studying. Parents have no idea that you get any drug you want at
school. These drugs and very popular and kids selling them don't
understand that pharmaceuticals can react badly with other
prescriptions. What can be done about this?
Friday, July 17, 2009 10:00 pm
Dear Pharmacist: I am stressed out that I may
not be able to get my pain medication, Vicodin. I've taken it for
years, following a work accident. I'm not addicted. I really have
pain but the pharmacist told me that it's going off the market.
Please tell me he's wrong. I can't live without it.
Sunday, April 12, 2009 10:00 pm
Another Monday, and school is the last place a child wants to be
- or maybe it is!
Friday, December 12, 2008 10:00 pm
Dear Straight Talk: I was best friends with
"Abby" until she got new friends and started drinking and taking
drugs. It scared me because my dad was a heroin addict and I don't
see him anymore. I made a new best friend, "Suzie", and for the
first time I felt happy and fit in. Then, on school trip, Suzie,
Abby and I were placed together. This prompted Abby and I to become
closer again, but Suzie didn't like Abby, so Suzie dumped me and I
was so hurt I hated her for it. I doubted my friendship with Abby
would survive, but I had nobody else. Sure enough, Abby lashed out
at me horribly when I expressed concern for another friend, "Gina,"
(who sleeps around, has a drinking problem, and has done heroin a
few times). She called Gina's lifestyle "liberating" and accused me
of being "up myself." Also, Abby kept telling me she wanted to
corrupt me, which made me realize what a bad friend she was. Now
I've separated myself from Abby and Gina and want to be friends
with Suzie again. Crawling back to Suzie might not be the best
choice, but she was the best friend I ever had. What should I do?
And why did Abby want to corrupt me? - "Sarah"
Sunday, November 9, 2008 10:00 pm
Mark Walberg has been a pharmacist since 2006. He feels the
profession adds a good balance to his life.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 10:00 pm
In the 24 hours after 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Lodi Police
Department handled 141 calls for service. The following is a sample
of calls received by dispatchers:
Friday, June 6, 2008 10:00 pm
The Lodi dentist who was arrested after investigators allegedly
found an envelope containing methamphetamine in a patient's file
posted bail but remains jailed on an unrelated fraud warrant from
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 10:00 pm
A Lodi dentist under investigation for writing Vicodin
prescriptions for her boyfriend was arrested Wednesday after
investigators allegedly found methamphetamine in her office.
Friday, March 28, 2008 10:00 pm
Q: I had a staph infection and was in the
hospital. Upon release, I was prescribed an antibiotic and then
another. My pharmacist warned me not to stop taking the drug, but
it made me terribly sick, so I quit taking it. Tell me honestly,
what happens when antibiotics are stopped early and please don't
place fear in people if we don't want to take artificial
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 10:00 pm
She says she's not addicted, but a local 15-year-old Tokay High
sophomore has been smoking crystal methamphetamine since she was
Thursday, January 4, 2007 10:00 pm
Administrators at Lodi High School say the drug problem on
campus has become so bad they are considering using drug-sniffing
dogs to stem the problem.
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 10:00 pm
A survey released Tuesday by the state Attorney General's Office
and the Department of Education indicates a rising popularity of
pharmaceuticals among California's youth.
Monday, May 15, 2006 10:00 pm
Lodi man arraigned by judge who married