Stories tagged: drugs
Fri., May 12, 2017, 8:01 a.m.
Getting tough on crime: Sessions tells prosecutors to push for harsher punishments
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to …
Thu., May 11, 2017, 2:33 p.m.
Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in U.S.
The heroin epidemic is driving up hepatitis C infections, with the biggest increase in people in their 20s, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
Thu., May 11, 2017, 11:53 a.m.
Johnson & Johnson settles Oregon suit over Motrin buyback
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay Oregon more than $400,000 to settle a lawsuit over a nearly decade-old buyback of defective Motrin pills.
UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
Fentanyl-related deaths on the rise in Washington, officials say
The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in the state last year,
Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
Tacoma considers suing opioid makers in homelessness fight
The city of Tacoma is considering suing the manufacturers of opioids such as OxyContin in its fight against homelessness.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:31 a.m.
Oregon man sentenced to 17 years for trafficking meth
A federal judge has sentenced an Oregon drug trafficker to 17 years in federal prison.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 5:14 a.m.
Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many U.S. drugs
Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 4:44 a.m.
Mexico now world’s deadliest conflict zone after Syria, survey finds
Mexico has surpassed Iraq and Afghanistan to become the world’s second-most deadly conflict zone after Syria, according to a study of wars around the globe.
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 4:43 p.m.
Feds: Seattle police officer helped run marijuana to Baltimore
A Seattle police officer has been charged with helping smuggle hundreds of pounds of marijuana to Baltimore.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:53 p.m.
Burlington motel’s meth contamination sparks new law
A new state law will take effect July 23 that will allow local governments to evict residents from contaminated buildings.
UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:18 p.m.
Death toll in Mexico border drug violence rises to 12
Gunbattles between rival drug gangs in the Mexican border city of Reynosa have left 12 people dead, authorities say.
UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:12 p.m.
’Gray death’ is latest opioid street mix causing worry
It’s being called “gray death” – a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis.
Thu., May 4, 2017, 10:23 a.m.
Idaho business defends plan to sell marijuana extract oil
A small-business owner in southwestern Idaho says he plans to sell oil extracted from marijuana despite operating in a state with strict drug laws.
Thu., May 4, 2017, 8:51 a.m.
Montana man gets 5 years on Idaho marijuana charge
A Montana man has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing about a pound of marijuana in Idaho.
Thu., May 4, 2017, 5:06 a.m.
Have you ever smoked pot? Saying yes can get foreigners barred for life at U.S. border
Canada’s likely move to completely legalize marijuana next year promises to produce immediate spillover effects in the United States, starting with increased confusion at the U.S.-Canadian border.
Tue., May 2, 2017, 11:57 a.m.
Oregon city bans outdoor marijuana gardens
A new local ordinance in Medford has banned growing marijuana in backyards.
Tue., May 2, 2017, 10:53 a.m.
Mexico captures Sinaloa cartel leader Damaso Lopez
One of the Sinaloa cartel leaders who launched a struggle for control of the gang following the re-arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was captured Tuesday, Mexican prosecutors said.
Mon., May 1, 2017, 11:06 a.m.
Spending plan includes reassurance for legal marijuana
Businesses selling marijuana in states where it is legal just got some reassurance from Congress that they don’t have to worry about a federal crackdown anytime soon.
UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:46 p.m.
Former WSU student sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on drug charges
A former Washington State University student was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene for possessing heroin and methamphetamine with the intent …
Wed., April 26, 2017, 5 p.m.
Report: Drugged driving bigger problem than drunken driving
Drug-impaired driving has become a bigger problem in the United States than drunken driving, and law enforcement officers need more training to identify it, while the public needs to know …
UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:01 a.m.
Meth, often mixed with opioids, leads spike in Spokane County drug overdose deaths
Spokane police haven’t busted a methamphetamine lab in at least three years, almost the same amount of time Breaking Bad and its methamphetamine-cooking protagonist have been off the air. But …
Tue., April 25, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Taxi driver accused of smoking heroin while driving
A taxi driver in Bremerton has been accused of smoking heroin while driving over the weekend.
UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 10:08 a.m.
Signatures for Idaho medical marijuana petition encouraged at Hemp Fest
Marijuana advocates are hoping for plenty of ink on their medical marijuana petition Saturday during Moscow Hemp Fest.
Thu., April 20, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Pot enthusiasts observe 4/20 with parties, protests and deals
From Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to Hippie Hill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, marijuana enthusiasts observed their 4/20 holiday Thursday with public smoke-outs, parties and, yes, great deals …
Thu., April 20, 2017, 6 a.m.
‘420’ becomes part of the dictionary as Spokane embraces counterculture, pot holiday
The definitive record on the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, added the numerals “420” to their catalog in March. The slang phrase means something a little different to everyone, …
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 7:26 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Legalizing marijuana a no-brainer
There are a lot of reasons to celebrate the fact that Washington ended the costly, counterproductive and racist war on marijuana.
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 9:22 a.m.
Sessions has many foes in his battle against medical marijuana
Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs, but on medical marijuana – which he says “has been hyped, maybe too much” – he may be …
Tue., April 18, 2017, 5:40 a.m.
Poll: Marijuana safer than opioids, but pregnant moms shouldn’t use
Americans think it’s safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to …
Mon., April 17, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
Pot business keeps growing in Eugene
Pot shops in Eugene are about to face more competition. The Register-Guard reported two retailers are opening soon on the same block of the aptly named High Street.
UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Two companies seek to prevent drugs’ use in Arkansas executions
Two pharmaceutical companies asked a federal judge Thursday to prevent Arkansas from using their drugs to execute seven inmates by the end of the month, saying they object to their …