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His family says he stopped using heroin. Then he relapsed in the Grant County Jail.

Derek Batton had pretty much beaten a heroin addiction by the time he was booked into the Grant County Jail, according to his family. Inside, though, things took a turn …


Marijuana businessman and former federal inmate Cip Paulsen faces new legal problems

A new drug arrest and a lawsuit brought by dissatisfied investors could cost Cip Paulsen, who spent nine years in federal prison for his involvement in a cocaine ring, his …


Amphetamine hospitalizations increasing every year in Spokane, rivaling opioids

In 2017, more than four times the number of people were treated at Spokane hospitals as a result of amphetamine-related conditions compared with 2008, according to the Spokane Regional Health …


GlaxoSmithKline to spend $5.1B on cancer drugmaker Tesaro

Shares of Tesaro soared Monday after GlaxoSmithKline said it would pay about $5.1 billion in cash to buy the cancer drugmaker.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

‘El Chapo’ trial gives inside look at his rise to power

The U.S. trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has offered a screenplay-worthy picture of the lawlessness and excesses during his rise to power as Mexico’s most infamous drug lord.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Spokane Valley drug house where 20 detained in SWAT raid owned by Spokane-area man charged in 2009 drug sting

An alleged drug house in Spokane Valley – where almost two dozen people were detained Tuesday – is owned by a once-prominent Spokane Realtor, who a little less than 10 …


Spokane Valley raid nets 20 people at suspected drug house

Almost two dozen people were detained Tuesday morning in a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT raid on an alleged drug house.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown on health care, Medicare and Medicaid

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for a narrowly unsuccessful Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. She says it was in an effort to give states and patients …


Generic drugmakers get boost as FDA moves to help copycats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to bring more complex – thus more profitable – generic drugs to market, throwing a crucial lifeline …


Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown give stances on marijuana, opioid addiction treatment and drugs

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has softened her stance somewhat on the legalization of marijuana, six years after Washington state voters approved the creation of a recreational market for the drug. …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Turn signal infraction leads to felon’s 20-year sentence in federal prison

Michael C. Painter’s driver didn’t use her turn signal last January. The traffic stop ended up costing Painter 20 years in federal prison.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 6:05 p.m.

Police make pair of arrests in Logan neighborhood hash oil manufacture

Spokane police arrested two people Monday morning suspected of manufacturing hash oil at their Logan neighborhood home.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Bad drug batch in Spokane suspected in Tuesday death and hallucinogenic behavior

One person is dead and perhaps 20 others have been hurt and affected by what Spokane Police are warning could be a bad batch of drugs coursing through the city.


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Drug overdoses fall in Spokane County

Drug overdoses fell in Spokane County in 2017, in yet another sign the trend of opioid-related deaths may be reversing in Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Deputies arrest three people after finding drugs and cash in house north of Spokane

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested three people early Wednesday after discovering heroin, methamphetamine and a large amount of cash, as well as evidence of stolen property and …


Indiana police: Orange ‘Trump-shaped ecstasy pills’ seized

Police say orange-colored ecstasy pills bearing an image resembling President Donald Trump’s face are making the rounds in northern Indiana.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Smuggler who used helicopters to deliver drugs sentenced

A Canadian man who leased helicopters and used them to run a cross-border drug-shipping empire, helping meet the American West’s appetite for high-grade marijuana before states began legalizing the drug, …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

Feds: Skimping can’t save seniors from rising med cost

Medicare recipients filled fewer prescriptions for pricey brand-name drugs – but spent more on such meds anyway, says a government report released Monday. It blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing …


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 10:45 p.m.

Father charged with sexting daughters’ underage friends, attempting to trade drugs for sexual favors

A 56-year-old Spokane man is accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to underage teen girls and is under investigation for a host of other felonies, including offering narcotics to …


Going inside the disappearance and murder of a Nampa Police drug informant

Thirty-one years after a Nampa Police drug informant was kidnapped and murdered, Rick Wiley, an investigator on the case, says he finally has some closure. Beginning in January 2017, Wiley …


Gonzaga trustee leads company building Trump’s border wall in New Mexico

A longtime Gonzaga University trustee who has made substantial donations for campus projects also leads a major construction company that’s contracted to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 3:53 p.m.

U.S.: Vet implanted heroin in puppies for Colombia drug ring

A veterinarian accused of implanting liquid heroin in puppies for a Colombian drug trafficking ring is now in custody in New York.


Spokane County may join legal action against companies that make prescription painkillers

Spokane County is considering joining a nationwide lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers alleging the companies knowingly lied about the addictive potential of powerful painkillers.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Man falls through bathroom floor in ‘nuisance’ house in West Central neighborhood

As police arrived to drive out the occupants of a so-called “nuisance” house in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, a man fell through the bathroom floor and had to be rescued …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 8:05 p.m.

Post falls man charged with second-degree murder

A Post Falls man was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder, failure to notify authorities of a death and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.


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.


Surge in DUI blood tests for drugs causes case backlog for state toxicology lab

Washington’s toxicology lab is struggling with a backlog of cases, thanks in part to growing number of blood tests for suspected DUI cases.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Marijuana odor rules prompt clash between Clean Air board members Stuckart, French

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said he’s joined the agency overseeing the region’s air pollution in direct response to new regulations and fees for marijuana business owners. Spokane County …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 3:03 p.m.

Overdose deaths decline in Washington

Drug overdose deaths fell last year in 14 states including Washington, according to preliminary data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Billings drug evidence missing, felony cases affected

A Billings Police Department evidence technician has been fired after drug evidence went missing from the department’s evidence storage, affecting numerous criminal cases, Police Chief Rich St. John said Tuesday.