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Marian Beaumier: Lifestyle judgment a poor health-care tool

“Reap what you sow” cheapens human life and reduces the complexities of our lives to single choices taken out of context.


Editorial: Opioid addiction is a clear, present danger

No state has been immune to the opioid crisis. In 2015, 718 Washingtonians and 218 Idahoans died from drug overdoses. The numbers keep rising.


Spokane parents of addicted teenagers decry state law that keeps them at distance

When Vanessa Schultz was released from the hospital at the end of June, it was time for her to make a decision.


Idaho First Lady brings helping hand, ‘good karma’ to North Idaho woman recovering from addiction

At 25, Brandi Irons has accomplished a great deal. She is raising a young son while holding down a job at the Kootenai Recovery Center, and recently completed her first …


Remembering Jason: The struggles and death of a Spokane Valley Eagle Scout

Jason Pederson was an Eagle Scout. When his father died at a young age, he fell into addiction. He died in a downtown shooting last month.


Missing teen girl struggling with addiction, mental illness now in hospital

Vanessa Schultz, one of the estimated 21 million Americans suffering from addiction and mental illness, is now in the hospital.


Shawn Vestal: In life, ‘Dutch Bros. Guy’ was seen by many, known by few

In the Google Maps image, you see him clearly: Sitting cross-legged on the sidewalk at the intersection of Division and Sharp, huddled behind a cardboard sign asking for help. Steven …


Painful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemic

A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017, traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today’s opioid epidemic by helping to convince …


Follow the science on addiction, treatment

Often support for addicts doesn’t start until they land in jail or a hospital bed. That’s a sure sign of a failed system.


Drugs, despair and waning hope: A girl’s struggle with addiction leaves a family wondering what’s next

The call woke Kevin Schultz at 6:15 a.m. on May 6. It was a sheriff’s deputy. He’d picked up Schultz’s 17-year-old adopted daughter Vanessa during a traffic stop near Nine …


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy has been removed by the Trump administration and replaced temporarily by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams.


Doctors once treated alcoholism with heroin. Now, they want to treat heroin addiction with marijuana.

A new drug treatment program says it has a cure for heroin addiction: marijuana. The claim has attracted national attention, but the history of analogous miracle cures is as long …


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 12:23 p.m.

WSU study: Alcoholics drink less with the promise of small rewards

What’s the cheapest way to get an alcoholic to drink less? According to a new WSU study, giving them small rewards might do the trick.


A mother’s nightmare: Facing the harsh reality of an opioid addiction

It had been just less than three weeks since Leslee Hoover’s son had died from an opioid overdose on Jan. 27.


With opioid deaths on the rise, Spokane County expands methadone treatment program

Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Pullman police to carry lifesaving opioid overdose-reversal drug

Responding to a national, and regional, opioid overdose epidemic, the Pullman Police Department will begin carrying a lifesaving overdose reversal drug.


Matt Layton brings a new focus for successful treatment of drug addicts

Dr. Matt Laytons is an early adopter of new and successful ideas to treat drug addicts.


Moscow woman moves past abuse, addiction and self-sabotage

At 19 years old, Paradise Creek Regional High School student Daizy Fletcher has a lot to look forward to – and more lessons to look back on than many twice …


Suboxone use in the ER rare, but could help opiate addicts begin long-term treatment

A doctor at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center launched a study this summer to give opiate addicts Suboxone before they left the hospital ER. The approach has been shown in …


New study finds that medical marijuana may be helping to curb the opioid epidemic

After states pass laws permitting medical marijuana, drivers in those states become less likely to test positive for opioids after fatal car accidents, a new study from Columbia University’s Mailman …


Canada approves prescription heroin

The Canadian government has quietly approved new drug regulations that will permit doctors to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin to treat severe addicts who have not responded to more conventional approaches.


Marijuana v. alcohol: Which is more dangerous?

Arizona is one of five states with marijuana legalization on the ballot this fall, and the state’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, is not happy about it. Ducey urged voters last …


Murray: New addiction-treatment law won’t work without funding

U.S. Senator Patty Murray visited Spokane’s opioid treatment program Tuesday to push for $920 million in federal funding to fight heroin and prescription drug abuse.


Doug Clark: Recovering alcoholic helps others find ‘pure life’

Shawn Kingsbury sobered up and something truly amazing happened …


Prosecution trend: After fatal OD, dealer charged with death

A growing number of dealers around the nation face prosecution for the fatal heroin and fentanyl overdoses of their customers. Michael Millette was charged not just with drug dealing, but …


Shawn Vestal: Family in Virginia copes with loss of man found in Spokane River

Tim Nyden hadn’t heard from his brother, Don, in 16 months. This time.


State suspends Seattle pain doctor, alleges substandard care

The Washington State Medical Commission said Friday it suspended a Seattle doctor who runs eight pain treatment centers in the state, accusing him of “consistent violations of the standard of …


Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says

Accidental overdoses aren’t the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers – the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.


Oregon State University offers dorm for recovering addicts

Oregon State University will open an on-campus dorm this fall specifically designed for students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.


First drug-oozing implant to control addiction gets FDA approval

Federal health officials have approved an innovative new option for Americans addicted to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a …