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Drug company used rap video to push for higher doses, sales

Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to …


Deadly blue ‘Mexican oxy’ pills take toll on US Southwest

Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

This killer opioid could become a weapon of mass destruction

It would take only 118 pounds of fentanyl to kill 25 million people. The fatal potential of even glancing contact with fentanyl is a major reason why national security experts …


Officials: Fentanyl overdose deaths up 70 percent in state

Health officials say the number of people who died from an overdose of illicit fentanyl increased nearly 70 percent this year over last in Washington state.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to U.S.

Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. …


Report: Fentanyl deaths in Alaska quadrupled in 2017

A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.


UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 7:08 p.m.

Fentanyl becoming potent problem in Skagit County

With 10 overdose deaths in Skagit County this year – at least six of which the Skagit County Coroner’s Office suspects may be fentanyl-related – the drug wreaking havoc throughout …


Experts: Prince toxicology report shows very high drug level

MINNEAPOLIS – A toxicology report from Prince’s autopsy, obtained Monday by the Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

5 doctors charged with taking kickbacks to tout painkiller

Five New York City doctors were arrested Friday on charges they accepted bribes and kickbacks from an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company to prescribe large volumes of a highly addictive painkiller.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

Drug company founder indicted in U.S.-wide opioid conspiracy

U.S. prosecutors brought a fraud and racketeering case Thursday against the founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of …


Justice Department reveals charges against Chinese fentanyl distributors

U.S. prosecutors have charged two Chinese nationals who sold fentanyl to American customers over the Internet in a massive international conspiracy case, the Justice Department announced Tuesday


Editorial: Opioid addiction is a clear, present danger

No state has been immune to the opioid crisis. In 2015, 718 Washingtonians and 218 Idahoans died from drug overdoses. The numbers keep rising.


FDA to step up fentanyl targeting at postal facilities

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening efforts to detect opioids illegally entering the country through the mail, reflecting heightened concerns about the flood of synthetic fentanyl and similar drugs …


DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks in drug fight

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday warned of a new problem presented by the nation’s drug abuse epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing.


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,


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Opioids contributed to deaths of three WSU students

Overdoses involving opioid drugs killed three Washington State University students in the closing months of 2016. All three were men in their 20s.


Tech swapped fentanyl for saline solution, Iowa hospital says

A Des Moines hospital says a pharmacy tech has admitted that he removed a potent painkiller from hundreds of vials and replaced it with saline solution.


Chemical weapon for sale: China’s unregulated narcotic

It’s one of the strongest opioids in circulation, so deadly an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. Until July, when drug users in the United States …


FDA panels urge stronger minimum dosages of naloxone

A rise in overdose deaths from heroin laced with fentanyl and other powerful additives prompted two federal advisory committees on Wednesday to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration authorize …


Counterfeit pain pills likely came to Prince illegally

The disclosure that some pills found at Prince’s Paisley Park home and studio were counterfeit and contained the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl strongly suggests the pills came to the superstar …


Official: Pills found at Prince’s estate contained fentanyl

MINNEAPOLIS – Some of the pills taken from Prince’s estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl – a synthetic opioid 50 times more …


Prosecution trend: After fatal OD, dealer charged with death

A growing number of dealers around the nation face prosecution for the fatal heroin and fentanyl overdoses of their customers. Michael Millette was charged not just with drug dealing, but …


Prince joins a list of stars dead from drug overdoses

Prince joins a list of other stars, including Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, whose lives ended with an overdose.


UPDATED: Thu., June 2, 2016, 2:18 p.m.

Prince died of opioid overdose, official says

CHICAGO – Tests show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Thursday. The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at …


Opioid deaths are focus of concern in Spokane, but new law could help

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday confirmed one of three local fatal drug overdoses on March 9 was related to heroin. William L. Hubbard, 21, died from an …


Suspected fentanyl overdoses: Death toll rises to 9

The death toll from suspected overdoses of a powerful painkiller on the streets of the Sacramento, Calif., region rose to nine Friday as officials raced to find the source of …


DEA agents raid suspected fentanyl lab in Seattle

Federal agents have raided a Seattle home to remove dangerous chemicals used to make the synthetic opiate known as fentanyl.


Drug shortages may hinder care

Spokane paramedics are concerned that nationwide medication shortages will keep them from providing the best emergency care, the Spokane Fire Department announced Wednesday. Brian Schaeffer, assistant fire chief, said Wednesday …


Suspect says he’s ‘just addicted’

Cory Morse first learned about the opiate fentanyl watching a show on the Discovery Channel last summer, the 22-year-old Spokane man said in an interview Friday at the Spokane County …


Suspect claims he targeted only discarded drugs

Suspect in nursing home drug thefts denies stealing pain-killers from invalid residents. Cory Morse, in a jailhouse interview, contends he dug through containers of medical waste to find the fentanyl …