Stories tagged: drugs
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Canada introduces legislation to legalize marijuana
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced legislation Thursday to let adults possess 30 grams of marijuana in public – a measure that would make Canada the largest developed country …
UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 5:07 p.m.
Washington’s cannabis tracking contract up for bid
Washington state regulators have begun accepting bids for a new seed-to-sale tracking system to keep tabs on marijuana commerce, a deal with an initial value of about $3 million.
Wed., April 12, 2017, 5:56 a.m.
Doctors once treated alcoholism with heroin. Now, they want to treat heroin addiction with marijuana.
A new drug treatment program says it has a cure for heroin addiction: marijuana. The claim has attracted national attention, but the history of analogous miracle cures is as long …
Tue., April 11, 2017, 3:41 p.m.
26 charged with trafficking cocaine at Puerto Rico airport
Federal law enforcement has broken up a $4 million drug-trafficking ring at Puerto Rico’s main international airport that relied on bathrooms and garbage chutes to smuggle cocaine to the U.S. …
UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 12:02 p.m.
Colleges can get free doses of naloxone for students overdosing on heroin and other opioids
Colleges will be able to get several free doses of a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, a sign of the widening impact of the deadly epidemic and increased efforts …
UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 7:23 p.m.
Investigation of Trump’s charity wins Pulitzer Prize
The biggest U.S. news story of 2016 – the tumultuous presidential campaign – yielded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for the Washington Post reporter who not only raised doubts about …
Thu., April 6, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Nurse practitioner suspended over prescribing and using opiates
The Montana Board of Nursing has suspended the license of a nurse practitioner after he acknowledged prescribing large amounts of oxycodone to a patient which the two then shared.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 7:46 p.m.
A ‘Goliath’ among Mexican drug traffickers is sentenced to life in U.S. prison
Alfredo Beltran Leyva, who with his brothers once ran one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels, appeared in federal court in Washington on Wednesday and asked for a chance to …
Mon., April 3, 2017, 9:18 a.m.
Child abuse, drug culture overwhelm Idaho’s foster system
Officials say far fewer foster care placements are available in south-central Idaho than in the rest of the state, while the number of children removed from their homes is on …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 5:59 a.m.
Staggering increase in U.S. heroin use has hit young, white men hardest
Heroin use – which has been at the epicenter of a ruthless and relentless opioid epidemic sweeping the country – has increased fivefold over a decade, and dependence on the …
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Billings Clinic terminates nurse for stealing patient drugs
A Billings hospital has fired a nurse accused of stealing narcotics intended for patients and replacing the drugs with saline.