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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 …

First drug-oozing implant to control addiction gets FDA approval

Federal health officials have approved an innovative new option for Americans addicted to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a …

Seattle police say they’ve saved 3 people with overdose drug

Seattle police say bicycle officers have saved three people from potentially fatal heroin overdoses since they started carrying an overdose reversal drug in mid-March.

‘Heroin rush hour’: It’s what cops call car full of people in PJs

“Heroin rush hour” has some telltale signs in northern Kentucky, like a car filled with people in their pajamas around 9 or 10 a.m. That’s what police in Fort Thomas …

Marijuana studied as help to treat painkiller and heroin addiction

The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the …

Heroin epidemic: Implant is new weapon to fight addiction

A new weapon to fight heroin and painkiller addiction could be on the way – an implant that goes in a recovering addict’s arm to deliver a drug that quells …

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 …

Man had 1,400 bags of heroin hidden inside his body, police say

A New York City man has pleaded not guilty after police say they found more than 1,400 bags of heroin stashed inside his body.

In Sunday’s north Spokane shooting, family loses second brother in less than a year

Spokane Police arrested three men in connection with Sunday’s homicide in Emerson-Garfield.

Sen. Patty Murray announces funding to fight opioid abuse

Sen. Patty Murray says eight health centers across Washington state will receive a total of $2.8 million in grants to help fight opioid abuse and addiction.

Senate approves bipartisan bill bolstering anti-drug efforts

The Senate paused Thursday from its nasty partisan clash over the Supreme Court vacancy and easily approved election-year legislation reinforcing government efforts against heroin and the abuse of opioid painkillers.

SPD warns of ‘possible lethal batch of drugs’ following overdoses

Three people died of apparent drug overdoses in less than three hours Wednesday morning, leading law enforcement in Spokane to warn of “a possible lethal batch of drugs.”

Man gets 10 years for beating Spokane man to death

The man accused of beating a Spokane man to death in 2013 with help from two accomplices was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison. Jeffery Sankey, 49, pleaded …

ABC using prime-time hour Friday for heroin report

ABC News is devoting an hour in prime time on Friday to a program anchored by David Muir on the alarming rise in heroin overdoses in New Hampshire.

Senate rejects funds for opioid crisis

The Senate on Wednesday rejected an amendment that would have added $600 million in emergency money to a measure designed to combat the nation’s heroin and opioid-addiction epidemic.

Heroin epidemic in Washington: Father wants state to help parents confront addiction

The number of heroin overdose deaths has skyrocketed in Washington since 2010; two bills in this session want to give people more tools to commit their loved ones for treatment.

Spokane elementary teacher arrested on suspicion of heroin possession

A Ridgeview Elementary School teacher was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of heroin possession, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Spokane Valley deputies arrested Peter J. Nemeth, …

White House proposes more money to battle heroin epidemic

The Obama administration will propose a significant boost in federal spending to battle the nation’s heroin addiction epidemic when the president unveils his budget recommendations next week.

Boyfriend says killing spurred by heroin and AIDS scare

Murder suspect Corey Burnam told police he killed his girlfriend Friday night as the two used heroin together and she told him she had given him the AIDS virus, according …

Three plead guilty in gun, drug, prostitution ring

Three men have pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges after investigators uncovered a drug, gun and prostitution ring running between Spokane and Missoula. Frederick G. Johnson on Tuesday joined Yusuf …

Lewiston police arrest suspected heroin dealer

Lewiston police are seeking drug trafficking charges after discovering more than 80 grams of heroin in a motel room belonging to a suspected dealer earlier this month.

Arrest illustrates state’s tough stance on illicit pot

A 19-year-old arrested by a Washington State Patrol trooper on suspicion of carrying less than an ounce of pot, cash, baggies and a scale faces a felony charge – an …

Drugs, weapons seized after two drug busts

Heroin, marijuana, cocaine, cash, weapons and a luxury car were seized in busts of two area drug-distribution rings late last week, landing four men behind bars, according to police. Spokane …

Eight-time felon sought in drug-trafficking case

During a large-scale drug trafficking investigation the Spokane Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit recovered more than a half-pound of heroin, 18 ounces of methamphetamine, cocaine, cash and paraphernalia.

Bust nets three arrests, half-pound of heroin

A lengthy drug investigation conducted by the Spokane Police Department resulted in several arrests and the seizure of heroin today.

Inmate who hanged himself identified

A man accused of helping Charles Wallace, who shot two sheriff’s deputies before shooting himself to death last month, is the inmate who tried to kill himself at the Spokane …

Two longtime felons suspected of prowling

A 51-time felon who was told by a judge 10 years ago that “the system’s had enough of you” is back in jail in connection with property crimes police suspect …

Shooter’s alleged helper will remain behind bars

A Spokane man accused of helping the fugitive who shot two deputies will remain jailed on $100,000 bond. Robert Lee “Bo” Ruth, 42, has seven felony convictions, 15 misdemeanor convictions …

Judicial sense might have averted Tuesday bloodshed

Count me in as a believer in mercy and charity and all those other virtues preachers yak about on Sunday mornings. But when it comes to the serious work of …