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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.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 4:53 p.m.

U.S. clears breakthrough gene therapy for childhood leukemia

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. The move opens a new era in …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 6:46 p.m.

Sessions: Drug overdoses ‘the top lethal issue’ in the U.S.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths “the top lethal issue” in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to “create and foster a culture …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

Emergency rule bans new forms of spice, fentanyl in Washington

In an effort to stay ahead of manufacturers, Washington is banning a lengthy list of synthetic recreational drugs, including new forms of synthetic marijuana and derivatives of fentanyl, a powerful …

Man gets 30 years in murder for meth plot

A 32-year-old Yakima man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill his ex-girlfriend and planning to pay for the deed with a …

Germany’s orange ecstasy pills have Trump’s name – and face – all over them

Police and parents have long worried about the dangers of drugs designed to look like candy. The fear, somewhat debunked, is that children would mistakenly get their hands on, say, …

Border agents track drone from sky to drugs on the ground

A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico by drone, an unusually large seizure for what is …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Mexico soccer star Marquez among 22 sanctioned for drug ties

MEXICO CITY – Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. …

Trump pledges U.S. will beat opioid drug epidemic

President Donald Trump took on the opioid drug epidemic Tuesday, pledging that “we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win.”

Deputies arrest two for providing fatal doses of heroin, meth

Two people who deputies believe provided fatal doses of heroin and methamphetamine to a Washington woman have been arrested.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Tribe chairman: Drugs, gang activity behind triple slayings

Drugs and gang activity were factors in a residential shooting that killed three people and injured two others on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation, the tribe’s chairman said.

A FedEx for pot? Two Spokane firms carve out niche in marijuana delivery

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board began licensing businesses transporting the state’s newest legal cash crop last fall. The owners say there are a lot of “gray laws” still in …

FDA to step up fentanyl targeting at postal facilities

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening efforts to detect opioids illegally entering the country through the mail, reflecting heightened concerns about the flood of synthetic fentanyl and similar drugs …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Legalizing recreational marijuana could boost crash rates, safety group warns

A traffic safety organization is warning that two recent studies suggest that legalizing recreational marijuana could lead to an increase in crashes, including deadly ones.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 9:46 p.m.

Sen. Cory Booker pushes plan to legalize pot throughout U.S.

Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana, expunge federal marijuana convictions, and penalize states with racially disparate arrest or incarceration rates for marijuana-related crimes – a …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Puerto Rico betting on medical marijuana to help ease crisis

Jesus Aponte pushes a door open to reveal hundreds of aromatic, spiky green plants, a crop that Puerto Rico hopes will help it ease a grinding economic crisis by generating …

UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Trump drug commission calls for emergency declaration over opioid epidemic

President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called for him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic.

India seizes heroin worth millions of dollars

Indian coast guard authorities say they have seized a large amount of heroin from a ship off the country’s western coast.

Philippine mayor linked to drugs, 14 others killed in raids

Police in the southern Philippines said they fatally shot 15 people Sunday, including a city mayor who was among the politicians President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to illegal drugs, in …

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.

UPDATED: Sat., July 29, 2017, 7:40 p.m.

Chicago giving departing inmates overdose-reversing drug

Chicago now gives at-risk inmates the overdose-reversing drug naloxone upon their release from jail and Los Angeles is poised to follow suit, putting the antidote in as many hands as …

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Drug fraud settlement nets Washington state $368,000

Washington state has received a small fraction of a $280 million national settlement involving a pharmaceutical company accused of committing fraud by promoting drugs for unapproved uses, including leprosy and …

Jury awards $150 million in punitive damages in testosterone case

Federal jurors in Chicago say the pharmaceutical company AbbVie should pay $150 million to an Oregon man for misrepresenting the risks of a low testosterone treatment.

As fatal overdoses rise, pioneering police effort evolves

The city is seeing more heroin overdoses today than it did two years ago when it introduced a unique amnesty program replicated by hundreds of police departments across the nation …

Mexico City sees drug-war-style violence come to the capital

Burnt-out vehicles. Road blockades. A raging gun battle between armored marines and gang members that left eight dead. Such scenes have been common in border cities like Reynosa and Nuevo …

Man accused of fleeing, ramming cop cars while high on PCP

A Washington man accused of being high on PCP when he rammed two deputies’ cars during a police chase is facing multiple felony charges.

UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Two men sentenced to prison more than a year after murder

A year after they watched a ruthless and meth-fueled murder in the woods, two men were sentenced to the Montana State Prison.