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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:44 p.m.

New U.S. survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

Recovering community: Recovery Cafe in Peaceful Valley serves up support and social connections

Since opening February 2017, Recovery Cafe in Peaceful Valley has served up support and social connections for people who are in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. A program of …


Mom’s use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids’ learning

Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Idaho courts identify an outdated sentencing law that could be helping spur prison growth

As state lawmakers face a pricey proposal for a $500 million prison expansion, Idaho judges have been studying the state’s felony sentencing laws and processes with an eye to reforms.


Sosha Lewis: Addiction is a disease. My drug-addicted parents showed me that.

I got out of bed and followed the smell of bacon and the sound of my parents’ voices to the kitchen. The Eagles were harmonizing from the tape deck, and …


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Study shows declining prescriptions for opioids in Washington, Idaho

Opioid prescription rates and diagnoses of opioid addiction are declining nationally and in Washington, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield released Thursday.


Vestal: We need to quit football, cold turkey – but we can’t

If America had some good friends right now – the kind who will tell you hard truths – those friends would be sitting the country down and saying it’s time …


Psychedelic drugs change brain cells in ways that could help fight depression, addiction and more

Psychedelic drugs’ mind-expanding properties may be rooted in their ability to prompt neurons to branch out and create new connections with other brain cells, new research has found.


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Lawsuit: Washington jail must provide addiction treatment

In a novel case that could have national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued a county sheriff’s office to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal …


A UW student found success, and answers about her father’s addiction

Mackenzie Andrews, who is about to graduate from the University of Washington, began a quest to understand her father and why her family fell apart after his arrest.


Cutbacks to opioid prescriptions leave chronic pain patients without help

Opioid addiction is getting more attention nationally, but a Washington State University researcher says not enough is being done to help patients transition to non-opioid pain management.


Lawmakers funnel millions into opioid fight

Legislature takes aim at opioid addiction with a variety of programs.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Man who accused ex-mayor of Seattle of sexual abuse found dead in motel

Delvonn Heckard, the Kent, Washington, man who sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray last year on allegations of sexual abuse decades ago – prompting other accusations to come to light, leading …


Former congressman Patrick Kennedy calls for proactive mental health treatment during Spokane speech

In a speech at the Spokane Convention Center, former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy added his voice to a community conversation about improving mental health and addiction treatment, detailing his own …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 3:08 p.m.

Apple investors urge action to curb child gadget addiction

Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media …


Five addiction experts weigh in on future of opioid crisis. Their forecast: grim

With substance abuse already a major issue from Philadelphia to the White House this year, the Inquirer interviewed experts in five areas of addiction. Each was asked the same basic …


Rising Strong gives troubled Spokane parents another chance to keep their children

The Rising Strong program is working to keep Spokane families together by providing a lift to parents struggling with drug addiction and other barriers.


1 in 4 pregnancies in Central Oregon is “drug affected”

The number of newborns going through drug withdrawal has increased fivefold since 2000. So, the St. Charles Center for Women’s Health in Redmond recently started a program for “drug affected” …


A Georgia mother battles opioids to win back her kids

Kim Silvers’ family had begged her to stop using opioids and heard her promise to do so, only to break that vow repeatedly. They’d cried when she abandoned them, and …


Ask Mr. Dad: The connection between income and addiction: It may not be what you think

Ask Mr. Dad column for Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.


100 years ago in Spokane: Home for unwed mothers attacks immodest dress, including ‘daring low-necks’

The board of the Florence Crittenden Home (for unwed mothers) went on the attack against “immodest dress.”


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.