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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

New program to treat opioid withdrawal could prevent deaths at Spokane County Jail, officials say

A program launching Monday at the Spokane County Jail aims to prevent inmates from dying of opioid withdrawal.


Demi Lovato’s reported overdose was meth, not heroin as previously thought, new reports say

Demi Lovato is awake and responsive, but the reason for the “Sober” singer’s Tuesday morning collapse, which brought emergency responders to her Los Angeles home, remains a mystery.


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 5:44 p.m.

‘It keeps us safe’: An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses

As communities debate trying to stem overdose deaths by allowing safe havens for people to take heroin and other narcotics, places like a Brooklyn needle exchange program are quietly providing …


He turned to heroin for his combat injuries. Now he’s sentenced for a Tacoma murder.

The last text message Steve Shaw sent to his son was hopeful. “Hi son, just wanted to say how much I love you, but like I’ve said before you have …


Heroin dealers who hid stash near Seattle parks sentenced

The leader of a heroin ring that stashed the drug in or near public parks in North Seattle has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison.


Idaho State Police lab faces heroin testing backlog

Forensic scientists with the Idaho State Police are struggling to keep up with the growing caseload of evidence waiting to be tested for heroin and other opioids.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

Two charged in connection with Moses Lake heroin bust

Two men were charged in connection with a large drug and gun bust in Moses Lake in which over 11 pounds of heroin was recovered.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 10:47 a.m.

Drugs worth more than $1 million seized in Grant County this month

The landscape of Grant County paints a hard place. It’s underworld has been laboring even harder.


Seattle want to join lawsuit to defend safe-injection sites

The city of Seattle wants to join a lawsuit to challenge a King County initiative that would ban safe injection sites for drug users.


States expand investigation of opioid makers, distributors

Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives.


Lawyers appear in court for lawsuit against OxyContin maker

After the makers of the prescription opioid OxyContin filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them, lawyers for the city of Everett are expected in U.S. District Court Monday …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdose danger

Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 6:46 p.m.

Sessions: Drug overdoses ‘the top lethal issue’ in the U.S.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths “the top lethal issue” in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to “create and foster a culture …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 12:16 p.m.

Golden Retriever digs up $85,000 worth of heroin in backyard

An Oregon family’s golden retriever, named Kenyon, has been honored by the Yamhill County Sheriff for digging up $85,000 worth of black tar heroin in the family’s backyard.


Deputies arrest two for providing fatal doses of heroin, meth

Two people who deputies believe provided fatal doses of heroin and methamphetamine to a Washington woman have been arrested.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Trump drug commission calls for emergency declaration over opioid epidemic

President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called for him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic.


India seizes heroin worth millions of dollars

Indian coast guard authorities say they have seized a large amount of heroin from a ship off the country’s western coast.


As fatal overdoses rise, pioneering police effort evolves

The city is seeing more heroin overdoses today than it did two years ago when it introduced a unique amnesty program replicated by hundreds of police departments across the nation …


‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat

They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …


Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released …


Florida doctor, 84, accused of illegally distributing pills

Authorities say an 84-year-old Florida doctor is accused of illegally distributing $10 million worth of pain pill prescriptions.


Two men sentenced for delivering fatal dose of heroin

Two men who were involved in the delivery of a fatal dose of heroin to a young member of the Quileute Tribe were each sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.


Heroin dealer who delivered fatal dose gets prison time

A 28-year-old woman who sold a fatal dose of heroin to another woman in 2015 has been sentenced to over three years in prison.


Spokane drug dealer “Filthy” gets 30 years for trafficking and intimidating police witness

A Spokane man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and intimidating a law enforcement officer.


Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in U.S.

The heroin epidemic is driving up hepatitis C infections, with the biggest increase in people in their 20s, U.S. health officials said Thursday.


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.


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

Elephant tranquilizer makes lethal entry into opioid crisis

A substance used to tranquilize elephants that is 100 times more potent than the drug that killed Prince is presenting a new and difficult challenge in the nationwide opioid epidemic.


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 …


Taxi driver accused of smoking heroin while driving

A taxi driver in Bremerton has been accused of smoking heroin while driving over the weekend.


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 …