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Obama’s FDA pick being blocked by Democratic senator

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey said in a statement that he has put a hold on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf, the No. 2 official at the agency who was …


Poll: Most Americans see personal tie to rising prescription painkiller abuse

More than 56 percent of the public say they have a personal connection to the issue, reports the latest monthly tracking poll of the Kaiser Family Foundation. That share includes …


Singleton shares all about his addiction

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Jon Singleton is considered the top first base prospect in baseball – a big, dynamic left-handed hitter with power and composure who can use the entire field. …


Prescription for addiction

A Gonzaga University nursing student working in a local hospital this spring noticed something odd on the medication logs. A patient who didn’t need painkillers was receiving the drugs every …


A turn-of-the-century approach to the war on drugs

Dr. Michael Reznicek has one thing in common with your stoner friend – or self – from college. But just one: He wants to legalize drugs.


Prescription drug abuse, deaths target of new Washington law

At the height of his addiction, Joshua Dameron would cruise through emergency rooms in Spokane, hoping to score his next fix. Dameron got hooked on prescription pain medication after suffering …


Mom’s nightmare becomes a cause

Dr. Rosemary Orr didn’t see it coming. It was the morning after Mother’s Day. She needed a ride to work, so her 24-year-old son Robin drove her. She was in …


1990s saw hard push for legal opiates

Washington’s emergence as a state with one of the highest rates of both opiate prescriptions and deaths was not, in hindsight, an accident. In 1995, Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin in …


Homeless drop-in center causes problems for Coeur d’Alene neighbors

Dozens of neighbors who live near a downtown Coeur d’Alene homeless drop-in center say in the two years the center has been there, they’ve been subjected to panhandling at their …


Dr. Hideg: Addiction has many far-reaching consequences

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, which reminds me of patients who have told me, “I love being sober.” Hearing this and knowing I gave support to …


College students’ cheap fix

By her sophomore year of college, Kaley, a Washington State University student, routinely popped the prescription drug Adderall to help her study. The 20-year-old has never had a prescription for …


State programs aim to monitor prescription use

Each year, Idaho monitors more than a million drug prescriptions, helping the state track some of the most addictive substances in the pharmaceutical industry. But Washington, facing a huge budget …