Stories tagged: heroin
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 12:02 p.m.
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 …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 5:59 a.m.
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: Tue., March 21, 2017, 10:48 p.m.
Overdoses involving opioid drugs killed three Washington State University students in the closing months of 2016. All three were men in their 20s.
Fri., March 3, 2017, 2:36 p.m.
America faces its worst drug crisis in decades, with heroin and opioid use tripling since 2010. As various federal agencies roll out their annual strategy reports, the government declared that-as …
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 5:51 a.m.
Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 8:45 a.m.
A King County man has been arrested for trafficking large amounts of black tar heroin throughout the region.
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Seattle police are warning heroin users about dangerous purity levels after several recent overdoses.
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 2:32 p.m.
A Kentucky man bothered by a rattle in a car he’d recently bought at an Ohio auto auction has found 2 pounds of heroin in a secret compartment inside the …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
The Philadelphia medical examiner’s office says as many as 35 fatal drug overdoses over a recent five-day period might be part of a bigger problem: the national opioid crisis.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 4:06 p.m.
Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday.
Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
Authorities say 12 people in Washington and Nevada are in custody for their alleged roles in a large drug smuggling and distribution ring in Western Washington.
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 6 p.m.
Dr. Stanley Toelle’s money flowed freely to support the lifestyle of his Las Vegas wife, Loren. In a court statement, she says he had no idea she was involved in …
Sun., Oct. 23, 2016, 1:15 p.m.
Lewiston police arrested three people following a narcotics trafficking investigation.
Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, 5:08 p.m.
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 …
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
A wanted felon was arrested recently after police found him in a car sitting next to a backpack that held three handguns and heroin.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 22, 2016, 3:24 p.m.
Lovina Rainey, the mother of a 2-year-old girl killed last week, has been booked into the Spokane County Jail.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 5 a.m.
A doctor at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center launched a study this summer to give opiate addicts Suboxone before they left the hospital ER. The approach has been shown in …
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 6:39 p.m.
Hoping to reduce the death toll in the nation’s epidemic of opioid drug use, the Food and Drug Administration is calling for the development of a cellphone app that could …
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 6:41 p.m.
A federal grant aimed at stopping overdose deaths will expand access to naloxone.
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 12:54 p.m.
Federal prosecutors have their first guilty plea in a multi-state drug trafficking ring involving at least 20 people, including a Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist, his wife and her children.
Tue., Sept. 13, 2016, 7 p.m.
The Canadian government has quietly approved new drug regulations that will permit doctors to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin to treat severe addicts who have not responded to more conventional approaches.
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 6:20 p.m.
The nation’s ongoing opioid problem comes with staggering physical and emotional costs to patients and families. But the dollar cost to the health system has been harder to peg. Now …
Thu., Aug. 11, 2016, 5:12 p.m.
The alleged leader of a heroin trafficking organization tied to Seattle has been arrested in Mexico and returned to the U.S. to face charges, authorities said Thursday.
Wed., July 13, 2016, 4:49 p.m.
Congress sent President Barack Obama a compromise bill Wednesday aimed at curbing abuse of heroin and other drugs, a nationwide epidemic that kills more than 100 Americans every day.
Wed., July 6, 2016, 6:31 a.m.
More Americans will now have access to a drug that could help treat their opioid addiction, Sylvia Burwell, U.S. secretary of health and human services, announced Tuesday, even as she …
Wed., June 15, 2016, 4:38 p.m.
When police showed up at his north Spokane home Friday night, a man allegedly barricaded himself in a bathroom with his 3-year-old son and multiple containers and syringes of heroin.
Tue., June 14, 2016, 4:27 p.m.
Accidental overdoses aren’t the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers – the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.
Thu., May 26, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
Jason C. Youker, 47, was arrested in September 2014 on charges tied to the sale of drugs on his property. Investigators said he was planning on constructing a compound in …