Stories tagged: drugs
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.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
Venezuela condemns drug sanctions on VP as U.S. weighs policy
Venezuela’s vice president shrugged off U.S. sanctions identifying him as a major international drug trafficker, saying Tuesday that the actions by the Trump administration only deepen his commitment to the …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 9:16 a.m.
794 lbs of cocaine worth $62 million washes up on English beach
British police say 794 pounds (360 kilograms) of cocaine with a street value of up to 50 million pounds ($62 million) has washed up on beaches in eastern England.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:10 p.m.
Marijuana sales in Spokane County slide in January but still up over 2016
Spokane County’s 29 retail pot shops sold $6.9 million worth of weed in January, down 7 percent from the December sales total but up more than 43 percent from the …
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
John Gotti’s grandson pleads guilty to selling oxycodone
Mobster John Gotti’s namesake grandson has pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone pills in Queens.
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
110 pounds of African drug khat seized at Pittsburgh airport
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have seized 110 pounds of an African drug being shipped through Pittsburgh International Airport.
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 7:38 a.m.
Tacoma man accused of trying to trade pot for food stamps
A Tacoma has been charged with trying to trade marijuana for food stamps through a Craigslist ad while on work-release from prison.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ to be in US court, in person
Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is to be in federal court in person Friday in New York. A judge ruled last week that Guzman would appear in court …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 8:10 a.m.
Police find a pound of meth in Butte woman’s car
Police reported finding a pound of methamphetamine along with marijuana in a car belonging to a Butte woman who was in Helena with a convicted drug dealer who is now …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 11:38 a.m.
Repairs uncover cocaine worth $434K in airplane’s nose gear
Authorities say 31 pounds of cocaine that was accidentally discovered stashed in the nose of an American Airlines aircraft in Tulsa is worth around $434,000.
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
Seattle, King County to go ahead with safe injection sites
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine say they’re going ahead with plans to create safe injection sites where people can use heroin or other opioids under …
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 7:41 a.m.
Schools reach beyond ‘Just Say No’ on opioid dangers
Schools are going beyond “Just Say No” as they teach students as young as kindergartners about the dangers of opioids in the hope that they don’t later become part of …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Feds sue Idaho doctor over missing pills, sloppy records
Federal prosecutors say an Idaho doctor’s sloppy records left thousands of regulated pills unaccounted for, but the physician says an employee stole the drugs.
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 6:06 p.m.
Boxing analyst Al Bernstein interviewed during probe of Las Vegas stripper’s drug ring
The attorney defending a Coeur d’Alene surgeon against federal charges that he helped his Las Vegas stripper ex-wife launder money from her drug distribution ring now claims the investigation should …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Weed on Craigslist: Black-market Internet pot ads draw eye of Colorado leaders
Weed on Craigslist? It is widely for sale in Colorado, but legislation moving through the state Legislature aims to crack down on those who sell marijuana illegally using online ads. …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Idaho State Police seize 378 pounds of marijuana in traffic stop Friday near Kellogg
An Idaho State Police trooper pulled over a Chevy Tahoe carrying the marijuana on Friday morning, valued at more than $1 million.
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 1:55 p.m.
Everett files lawsuit against painkiller manufacturer
The city of Everett has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin. The
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
‘El Chapo’ appears in a U.S. court for the first time, pleads not guilty
Accused drug lord Joaqumn “El Chapo” Guzman appeared in a U.S. court here for the first time Friday, pleading not guilty to the charges against him as prosecutors revealed in …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Three men charged with smuggling meth in semi-trailer’s gas tank
Three men from Mexico are charged with smuggling more than 1,000 pounds of liquid methamphetamine into northeast Kansas in the gas tank of a semi-trailer truck
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 12:28 p.m.
Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president
In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he’s …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
Las Vegas stripper Loren Toelle pleads guilty to heading multistate drug ring that ensnared a Coeur d’Alene physician
A Las Vegas stripper, and ex-wife of a Coeur d’Alene physician, has pleaded guilty to being the head of a drug trafficking ring that stretched from North Idaho to North …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 8:45 a.m.
Federal agents bust ‘high-level’ heroin dealer in King County
A King County man has been arrested for trafficking large amounts of black tar heroin throughout the region.
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Murray and Cantwell criticized over drug import votes
Washington’s two Democratic senators are being criticized for their votes against a proposal aimed at making it easier to import inexpensive prescription drugs from Canada. The
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:46 a.m.
With an eye on veterans, Olympia cannabis activist welcomes Hempfest outpost
Seattle Hempfest organizers are opening an outpost in downtown Olympia with a little help from one of the state’s most visible cannabis activists. Olympia Hempfest Central will have a grand …
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 1:32 p.m.
Marijuana and health: The good, bad and unknown
A new report concludes that marijuana can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but that it’s also likely to raise the risk of getting schizophrenia.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Two women found dead in Washington fire were reportedly decapitated
Officials say two women found dead in a Tacoma house fire last week were decapitated by a man during a drug binge.