Stories tagged: drugs
UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 2:03 p.m.
Teens are wired but not as wasted
Teens have been riding a 10-year trend of reduced experimentation with drugs and alcohol. That’s the same decade that put smartphones and social media accounts into the hands of most …
Mon., March 6, 2017, 12:19 p.m.
Oregon town’s pot shops seeing influx of Idaho customers
Idaho residents are helping to boost the economy of a small Oregon town by purchasing marijuana from the town’s two dispensaries, which lie along the border between the two states.
Sat., March 4, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
American cocaine use is way up. Colombia’s coca boom might be why.
While much of the recent attention on drug abuse in the United States has focused on the heroin and opioid epidemic, cocaine has also been making a comeback. It appears …
Fri., March 3, 2017, 2:36 p.m.
America’s heroin epidemic starts in Mexico
America faces its worst drug crisis in decades, with heroin and opioid use tripling since 2010. As various federal agencies roll out their annual strategy reports, the government declared that-as …
Fri., March 3, 2017, 8:51 a.m.
Greek police seize synthetic drugs worth millions, arrest 4
Greek authorities say they have broken an international ring that produced large quantities of a synthetic drug that is popular in the Arab world.
Thu., March 2, 2017, 5:04 p.m.
Senior U.S. drug official praises cooperation with Mexico, a ‘law enforcement wall’
A top U.S. drug official made a strong case Thursday for continued cooperation with Mexico on fighting drug-trafficking, saying successful law enforcement already has created a virtual wall.
UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 10:54 p.m.
Oregon lawmakers push to protect pot users’ information from U.S.
Oregon lawmakers worried about a nationwide crackdown on legal marijuana under President Donald Trump’s administration are rushing to protect the personal information of pot customers in case federal agents try …
Thu., March 2, 2017, 4:17 p.m.
John Gotti’s grandson gets 8 years in prison in drug case
Mobster John Gotti’s namesake grandson has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to selling oxycodone pills in New York City.
UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:41 p.m.
11 senators call on Trump team to allow sale of recreational marijuana
Eleven senators asked the Trump administration Thursday to allow states to tax and sell recreational marijuana. The senators wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reminding him that President …
Thu., March 2, 2017, 12:40 p.m.
Bill designed to combat heroin abuse dies in Idaho House
The Idaho House has spiked a proposal designed to combat opioid addiction.
UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Virginia Republican introduces bill to end federal marijuana prohibition
A freshman Republican representative from Virginia introduced legislation this week that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana use and allow states to fully set their own course on marijuana …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
Yakima County commissioners seeking voters’ advice on legal marijuana
Voters in unincorporated areas of Yakima County will be asked in November if a ban on marijuana businesses should remain intact. Despite the ban, there are now more than 20 …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Sessions says marijuana should not be sold ‘at every corner grocery store’
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he is “dubious about marijuana,” hinting that the Trump administration could be ready to block states from selling it for recreational use.
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 6:03 a.m.
Veterans Affairs data show low rate of discipline for drug loss, theft
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it would boost employee drug testing and inspections amid rising cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions, acknowledging gaps that had allowed thousands …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 4:58 a.m.
Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?
After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among …
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 1:04 p.m.
Coast Guard unloads major drug haul in Puerto Rico
A U.S. Coast Guard official in Puerto Rico says the agency has made the largest seizure of cocaine in the region in years from a boat off South America’s northeastern …
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 5:44 a.m.
Pediatricians warn against pot use: Not your dad’s marijuana
An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:08 a.m.
Marijuana industry angered by White House reversal
The cannabis industry was rattled Thursday after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he expects the Department of Justice to increase enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational pot, even …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
Aberdeen jail guard accused of tipping off drug traffickers
A guard at the Aberdeen city jail has been arrested on allegations that he tipped off drug traffickers about police activities.
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 7:02 p.m.
FDA urged to let abortion pill be sold at pharmacies
The so-called abortion pill – now dispensed only in clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices – should be made available by prescription in pharmacies across the U.S., according to a group …
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Tacoma fire department revises hiring after firefighter’s drug death
The Tacoma Fire Department has revised their hiring practices in the wake of a News Tribune story about a firefighter who died of a drug overdose last summer after showing …
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:38 a.m.
Seattle cop charged with drug possession, computer trespass
A longtime Seattle police officer has been charged with illegal drug possession in connection with a strip-club dancer and computer trespass for providing confidential crime victim information to a local …
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 9:33 a.m.
Indictment: Tennessee deputy guarded an undercover drug deal
Federal prosecutors in West Tennessee say a former sheriff’s deputy is facing charges that he provided security during a cocaine deal. The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Wednesday that …
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 4:49 a.m.
Sharp increase in missing drugs at some VA hospitals
Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees …
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
Woman arrested on charges of receiving meth in the mail
An Idaho County woman has been charged receiving methamphetamine through the mail.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
Montana officials say surge in meth use deeply troubling
Methamphetamines continue to make an alarming surge in Montana, as law enforcement, health officials and communities struggle to address the problem.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 7 a.m.
A mother’s nightmare: Facing the harsh reality of an opioid addiction
It had been just less than three weeks since Leslee Hoover’s son had died from an opioid overdose on Jan. 27.
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 5:37 a.m.
Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains, study finds
A new study by Harvard Medical School and New York University shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 5:12 p.m.
Surge in drug price won’t pose threat to heroin overdose patients in Washington
A dramatic price hike for one form of naloxone has some people upset, but Washington health and law enforcement agencies said it’s not affecting their ability to provide care.
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 9:34 a.m.
Dementia joins ranks of top global killers with no drug in sight
Dementia has unseated AIDS as one of the world’s top killers, new figures from the World Health Organization show, as drugmakers struggle to either curb or cure it.