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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.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 4:24 p.m.

Prosecutors: Drugs, child porn found in Boise priest’s home

Hundreds of child pornography images as well as marijuana, LSD and ecstasy were discovered in the home of a retired priest from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Boise, prosecutors said.


Washington nurses, health care workers are dying of opioid overdoses

Tami Cleveland was terrified as she drove to her parents’ house in Veradale on a September evening in 2012. Her stepmother, Beth, who suffered from debilitating migraines, hadn’t answered her …


Proposed law would refocus efforts on treating drug addiction

Washington will get a sweeping re-write of its approach to treating opioid addiction if a bill introduced in the state legislature becomes law.


Survey of needle exchange users shows meth usage up across Washington

Methamphetamine use is on the rise among Washingtonians using needle exchange programs, a statewide survey released Thursday says.


People’s pharmacy: Cough syrup, antidepressant cause scary interaction

People’s pharmacy column for Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 8:59 p.m.

Feds seize 75 guns and pounds of drugs in raids from North Idaho to Mattawa

Federal agents raided some 15 locations from North Idaho to southern Grant County Wednesday morning and arrested 20 people who have been charged as part of investigation into a conspiracy …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

Mentally ill, drug-addicted homeless pose challenge for city

This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Multiple arrests after bust of suspected Spokane Valley drug house

Several suspects face charges of possession with intent to distribute following the bust of a suspected drug house in Spokane Valley last week.


Oregon police seize pounds of heroin, cocaine from vehicle

Two Washington state residents face felony drug possession and delivery charges after Oregon State Police seized 6.6 pounds of heroin and 2.2 pounds of cocaine from a vehicle they were …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Nampa nurse sentenced to prison after stealing drugs

An Idaho nurse who was accused of stealing prescription drugs from residents of the retirement and assisted living home where she worked has been sentenced to more than two years …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

New, long-acting drugs cut frequency of migraine headaches

New, long-acting drugs may hold hope for millions of people who often suffer migraines. Studies of two of these medicines, given as shots every month or so, found they cut …


The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines

A case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about “the first marijuana overdose death” this week … Except that’s …


Doctor arrested for 2 deaths, 22 felonies takes stand

A Montana doctor took the stand as he faces two charges of negligent homicide for allegedly prescribing the drugs that caused the overdose deaths of two patients.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

Two charged in connection with Moses Lake heroin bust

Two men were charged in connection with a large drug and gun bust in Moses Lake in which over 11 pounds of heroin was recovered.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 9:57 p.m.

Official: ‘Stranger Things’ actor Charlie Heaton denied U.S. entry over drugs

A law enforcement official says “Stranger Things” actor Charlie Heaton was denied entry into the U.S. last week after trace amounts of cocaine were found in his luggage when he …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

Drug company founder indicted in U.S.-wide opioid conspiracy

U.S. prosecutors brought a fraud and racketeering case Thursday against the founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

Dogs test positive for drugs in Alaska’s Iditarod

For the first time in the history of the world’s most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials …


Moses Lake traffic stop leads officials to $1.5 million worth of drugs

MOSES LAKE – A traffic stop and drug bust led Moses Lake police to serve seven warrants that netted $1.2 million in meth, heroin and marijuana. Grant County Sheriff Tom …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 9:22 p.m.

FDA targets ‘rogue’ websites illegally selling opioids, other prescription drugs

The Food and Drug Administration has targeted more than 500 websites it said were illegally selling unapproved versions of prescription medications, including opioids, antibiotics and injectable epinephrine products, the agency …


Seattle want to join lawsuit to defend safe-injection sites

The city of Seattle wants to join a lawsuit to challenge a King County initiative that would ban safe injection sites for drug users.


High demand for free needle pick-up kits in Everett

Snohomish County health officials say that so many people wanted free kits to safely pick up and dispose of used syringes that they quickly ran out.


States expand investigation of opioid makers, distributors

Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives.


Oregon man gets life in prison for meth-fueled killing

A 62-year-old Oregon man has been sentenced to life in prison for allegations that he opened fire on his former wife and her friend while drunk and high on methamphetamine, …


Lawyers appear in court for lawsuit against OxyContin maker

After the makers of the prescription opioid OxyContin filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them, lawyers for the city of Everett are expected in U.S. District Court Monday …


Hawaii says it’s 1st state to go cashless for pot sales

Hawaii said Tuesday that it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 12:14 p.m.

EpiPen maker failed to investigate product failures associated with patient deaths, FDA says

The makers of the EpiPen failed to properly investigate more than 100 complaints that the device misfired during life-threatening emergencies — including situations in which patients later died, according to …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdose danger

Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who …


Postal workers charged with taking bribes to deliver drugs

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say 16 postal workers in Atlanta and the surrounding area have been charged with accepting bribes to deliver packages of cocaine.