Stories tagged: drugs
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:18 p.m.
Health officials vow to develop drugs to curb the opioid epidemic
Top federal health officials said Wednesday that they will launch a joint effort with pharmaceutical companies to accelerate the development of drugs aimed at helping to curb the U.S. opioid …
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Painful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemic
A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017, traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today’s opioid epidemic by helping to convince …
Wed., May 31, 2017
Follow the science on addiction, treatment
Often support for addicts doesn’t start until they land in jail or a hospital bed. That’s a sure sign of a failed system.
Sun., May 28, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Drugs, despair and waning hope: A girl’s struggle with addiction leaves a family wondering what’s next
The call woke Kevin Schultz at 6:15 a.m. on May 6. It was a sheriff’s deputy. He’d picked up Schultz’s 17-year-old adopted daughter Vanessa during a traffic stop near Nine …
UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017, 9:32 p.m.
Drug gang takes aim at police officers amid coca crackdown
Colombia’s largest illegal organization, the Gulf Clan, has distributed leaflets that call for killing police, and police intelligence officials say the gang members are offering would-be assassins up to $600 …
UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 9:20 p.m.
Spokane Valley detectives arrest 2 men accused of drugs, weapons violations
Spokane Valley Police detectives breached a Spokane Valley hotel room last week and booked two men into jail after seizing multiple guns and several ounces of drugs.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:57 p.m.
In leaked call, Trump praises Duterte’s campaign to ‘slaughter’ drug addicts
First, Trump praised Duterte for his deadly and controversial war on drugs in remarks that stunned White House aids and human rights experts. In a private call on April 29, …
Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:19 p.m.
Vermont governor vetoes bill legalizing recreational pot
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is vetoing a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state and is sending it back to the legislature with suggestions for changes.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
Everett counters OxyContin maker’s call to have lawsuit tossed
The city of Everett is firing back at the multibillion-dollar producer of the prescription drug OxyContin.
Mon., May 22, 2017, 1:24 p.m.
California legalization lets pot convictions go up in smoke
Jay Schlauch’s conviction for peddling pot haunted him for nearly a quarter century. The felony prevented him from landing jobs, gave his wife doubts about tying the knot and cast …
UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 7:56 p.m.
Man arrested with drugs, handgun in possession after leading police on foot chase near North Central High School
A man with a loaded handgun in his waistband and drugs in his possession was arrested after a brief foot chase with police early Sunday morning.
Sun., May 21, 2017, 10:21 a.m.
A new meth surge gathers momentum
The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years and driven major reforms in state and local law enforcement and public health policies for people with …
UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 4:37 p.m.
Drunk and stoned boaters will be targeted by patrols this summer
State and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces this summer to identify people boating under the influence.
UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 7:51 p.m.
Volunteers needed to smoke pot for science
Researchers at Washington State University need volunteers for a study to develop a breathalyzer for pot.
Thu., May 18, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Tillerson puts onus of drug trafficking crisis on consumption by Americans
On Thursday, the top U.S. diplomat said the root of the deadly drug trafficking crisis killing thousands of people on both sides of the border was American drug habits.
UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 7:47 p.m.
MS-13 gang targeted in pre-dawn sweep across Los Angeles
Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement fanned out across Los Angeles in pre-dawn sweeps, serving arrest and search warrants as part of a three-year investigation into the ultra-violent street …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
With tough sentencing policy, Attorney General Sessions pledges redoubled war on drugs
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is promising to renew the federal government’s war on drugs, saying tough new sentencing policies are necessary to combat what he described as a surge of …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 10:20 a.m.
Pot bust lands Tacoma man in North Dakota jail
Sheriff’s deputies in North Dakota have arrested a Tacoma, Washington, man with 13 pounds of marijuana in the back of his car.
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.