Stories tagged: drugs
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Washington gets $368,000 under Medicaid fraud settlement
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 …
Tue., July 25, 2017, 8:10 a.m.
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.
Mon., July 24, 2017, 2:42 p.m.
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 …
Fri., July 21, 2017, 8:01 p.m.
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 …
Fri., July 21, 2017, 7:46 a.m.
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.
Thu., July 20, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
‘Darknet’ drug marketplaces knocked out by Justice Department
Two of the world’s most notorious “darknet” marketplaces have been knocked out in a one-two punch that officials say yielded a trove of new intelligence about drugs and weapons merchants …
UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
New Hampshire decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana
New Hampshire has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Wed., July 19, 2017, 5:22 a.m.
‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat
They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …
UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 2:19 p.m.
Safeway to pay $3 million over lax controls at pharmacies, DOJ says
The U.S. Department of Justice says the Safeway grocery store chain has agreed to pay $3 million to settle allegations of lax controls at its pharmacies.
Mon., July 17, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Marijuana frenzy could end very badly in Canada
There’s one bummer question haunting all the marijuana businesses popping up between British Columbia and Newfoundland. How much do Canucks like weed, eh?
Mon., July 17, 2017, 7:39 a.m.
55 shot, 11 fatally, in weekend shootings in Chicago
Eleven people were killed and 44 were wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago from Friday afternoon to Monday morning, including an attack that left a 10-year-old boy dead and a …
Sat., July 15, 2017
Froma Harrop: U.S. addicted to abusive drug pricing
Consider what got Martin Shkreli in trouble with the law. Shrkeli is the infamous “pharma bro” who bought patents to lifesaving drugs then hiked their prices to obscene levels. In …
Tue., July 11, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
First gene therapy – ’a true living drug’ – on the cusp of FDA approval
When doctors saw the report on Bill Ludwig’s bone-marrow biopsy, they thought it was a mistake and ordered the test repeated. But the results came back the same: His lethal …
Fri., July 7, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
FDA approves first new drug in 20 years for sickle cell
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can’t properly …
Thu., July 6, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere
Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released …
Tue., July 4, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Marijuana sales in Nevada exceed stores’ expectations
Recreational marijuana sales have exceeded the expectations of Las Vegas area store owners, who have seen long lines outside their dispensaries since Saturday, when Nevada became the fifth state with …
Mon., July 3, 2017, 1:52 p.m.
Idaho sheriff’s lieutenant accused of taking drug buy money
A former lieutenant with the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office is being accused of taking money intended for undercover drug buys and is facing a felony charge.
Thu., June 29, 2017, 11:19 a.m.
Dozens in Colorado accused of trafficking pot outside state
A mammoth marijuana trafficking ring that pretended to be growing weed for sick people was instead illegally shipping the drug to a half-dozen other states and bilking investors, including former …
Thu., June 29, 2017, 11:12 a.m.
State high court orders police force to return man’s car
The Washington Supreme Court has ordered Sunnyside police to return a man’s car and nearly $6,000 in cash, saying there was insufficient evidence the property was connected to drug trafficking.
Wed., June 28, 2017, 8:58 a.m.
Whitman County traffic stop results in discovery of alleged mobile meth lab, arrest of Spokane residents
A routine traffic stop just outside of Garfield on Sunday morning resulted in the arrests of a man and a woman after the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office allegedly discovered the …
Tue., June 27, 2017, 1:52 p.m.
Dad laced drinks with drugs, daughter dies of overdose, DA says
A prosecutor says a man accused of killing his 15-month-old daughter by a methadone overdose sometimes mixed his drugs into drinks such as Capri Sun.
Mon., June 26, 2017, 2:27 p.m.
Legalized marijuana is making it harder for police to search your car
After the states legalized pot, traffic searches declined sharply across the board.
Mon., June 26, 2017, 12:27 p.m.
Feds don’t need warrant to subpoena Oregon drug data
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency doesn’t need a court order to subpoena a prescription drug database kept by the state of Oregon.
Fri., June 23, 2017, 3:40 p.m.
Nevada’s on-again, off-again marijuana sales back on
Nevada’s marijuana regulators may have found a way around a judge’s order that threatens to block the state’s first recreational pot sales scheduled to begin next month.
Fri., June 23, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Oklahoma doctor charged in opioid deaths of 5 patients
An Oklahoma doctor has been charged with second-degree murder in the overdose deaths of at least five patients from the powerful painkillers and other drugs she had prescribed them.
Fri., June 23, 2017, 5:40 a.m.
Insurance study ties legal pot to boost in car crash claims
A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.
Thu., June 22, 2017, 9:07 a.m.
1,600 marijuana plants worth $1.6 million seized from house
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office discovered $1.6 million worth of illegal marijuana at a Washington house while checking on a domestic dispute report.
Thu., June 22, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Florida doctor, 84, accused of illegally distributing pills
Authorities say an 84-year-old Florida doctor is accused of illegally distributing $10 million worth of pain pill prescriptions.
UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 5:45 p.m.
Man suspected in beating death of 2-year-old girl tells jurors he’s innocent
Jason Obermiller, the man suspected of beating a 2-year-old girl to death on Spokane’s South Hill last summer, told jurors Monday he did not kill his ex-girlfriend’s daughter.