Stories tagged: addiction
Sat., Sept. 9, 2017
“Reap what you sow” cheapens human life and reduces the complexities of our lives to single choices taken out of context.
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017
No state has been immune to the opioid crisis. In 2015, 718 Washingtonians and 218 Idahoans died from drug overdoses. The numbers keep rising.
Sun., July 30, 2017
When Vanessa Schultz was released from the hospital at the end of June, it was time for her to make a decision.
Sun., July 9, 2017
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 …
Wed., June 28, 2017, 6 a.m.
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.
Sat., June 10, 2017, 6 a.m.
Vanessa Schultz, one of the estimated 21 million Americans suffering from addiction and mental illness, is now in the hospital.
Thu., June 8, 2017, 5 a.m.
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 …
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 31, 2017
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.
Sun., May 28, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
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.
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.
Wed., April 12, 2017, 5:56 a.m.
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.
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.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 7 a.m.
It had been just less than three weeks since Leslee Hoover’s son had died from an opioid overdose on Jan. 27.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 5:51 a.m.
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.
Responding to a national, and regional, opioid overdose epidemic, the Pullman Police Department will begin carrying a lifesaving overdose reversal drug.
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 5 a.m.
Dr. Matt Laytons is an early adopter of new and successful ideas to treat drug addicts.
Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 6:48 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 5 a.m.
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 …
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 4 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Sept. 13, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.
Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 5:56 p.m.
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.
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016, 4 a.m.
Shawn Kingsbury sobered up and something truly amazing happened …
Sat., Aug. 13, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Aug. 11, 2016, 12:16 p.m.
Tim Nyden hadn’t heard from his brother, Don, in 16 months. This time.
Fri., July 15, 2016, 10:02 p.m.
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 …
Tue., June 14, 2016, 4:27 p.m.
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.
Wed., June 1, 2016, 4:54 p.m.
Oregon State University will open an on-campus dorm this fall specifically designed for students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Thu., May 26, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
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 …