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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 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 …


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: 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.


America’s heroin epidemic starts in Mexico

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 …


With opioid deaths on the rise, Spokane County expands methadone treatment program

Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.


Seattle, King County to go ahead with safe injection sites

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 …


Federal agents bust ‘high-level’ heroin dealer in King County

A King County man has been arrested for trafficking large amounts of black tar heroin throughout the region.


Seattle police warn people about dangerous heroin purity

Seattle police are warning heroin users about dangerous purity levels after several recent overdoses.


Man finds 2 pounds of heroin in car seized by Ohio police

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 …


Philadelphia had 35 drug overdoses in 5 days

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.


Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data show

Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday.


12 people arrested in heroin smuggling and distribution ring

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.


Coeur d’Alene doctor knew nothing of Las Vegas stripper wife’s drug empire

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 …


Police arrest 3 in drug trafficking investigation

Lewiston police arrested three people following a narcotics trafficking investigation.


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 …


Wanted felon tied to nine guns, nearly a pound of heroin

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.

Mother of dead 2-year-old charged with drug distribution

Lovina Rainey, the mother of a 2-year-old girl killed last week, has been booked into the Spokane County Jail.


Suboxone use in the ER rare, but could help opiate addicts begin long-term treatment

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 …


FDA wants an app to match opioid overdose victims with rescue drug

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 …


Feds give $1 million to help state pay for drug that reverses heroin overdose

A federal grant aimed at stopping overdose deaths will expand access to naloxone.


Feds get first guilty plea in Idaho drug trafficking ring

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.


Canada approves prescription heroin

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.


Health spending for opioid treatment up more than 1,300 percent over 4 years, study says

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 …


Authorities: Seattle heroin traffickers indicted

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.


Congress sends compromise drug-abuse bill to Obama

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.


More opioid abusers now can get medication help

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 …


Police: Man locked himself in bathroom with 3-year-old son, heroin needles

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.


Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says

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.


Ferry County man who dealt meth and heroin at mountain compound will serve 20 years in prison

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 …