Stories tagged: opioid crisis
Sat., May 4, 2019
SB 5988, presumably designed to address the opioid epidemic, completely misfires at the root causes of the problem, and it threatens to increase health care and prescription drug costs across …
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 7:03 p.m.
The maker of OxyContin and the company’s controlling family agreed Tuesday to pay a groundbreaking $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the nation’s deadly opioid crisis …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 9:09 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 3:53 p.m.
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.
Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 8:45 a.m.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation’s opioid epidemic.
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 5:53 p.m.
Florida is suing the nation’s two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to …
UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 6:25 p.m.
One of the greatest threats to America today is the growing scourge of opioid abuse and addiction. As I travel around Eastern Washington, I hear the stories of heartbreak and …
UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 9:53 p.m.
The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives.
Tue., March 6, 2018, 11:57 a.m.
Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year – the latest evidence the nation’s drug crisis is getting worse.
Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 3:38 p.m.
Clallam County is joining more than 200 other litigants in suing opioid makers and wholesale distributors for damages over prescription opioids.
Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
Deaths from opioid-related overdoses jumped nearly 160 percent in Vermont between 2010 and 2016 and continue to rise while more than half of the 266 young children in state custody …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 11:22 a.m.
Although they looked like the prescription painkillers at first glance, the pills they took were nothing like what they expected. They were fakes, an amalgam of substances – including one …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 12:13 p.m.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is denying a published report that he said Donald Trump’s “presidency is over” if he doesn’t recognize the seriousness of the opioid crisis.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation’s drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
First lady Melania Trump has toured a West Virginia drug addiction recovery center for infants in the heart of the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017
No state has been immune to the opioid crisis. In 2015, 718 Washingtonians and 218 Idahoans died from drug overdoses. The numbers keep rising.
UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Carfentanil and fentanyl are driving forces in the most deadly drug epidemic the United States has ever seen. Because of their potency, it’s not just addicts who are increasingly at …