Stories tagged: opioid
Wed., April 17, 2019, 5 p.m.
After long drug addiction, recovery from opioid use disorder is happening for some Spokane residents through medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, a method of using prescribed drugs along with counseling and …
Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
The Senate passed the final version of a sweeping opioids’ package Wednesday afternoon and will send it to the White House just in time for lawmakers to campaign on the …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:53 p.m.
A program launching Monday at the Spokane County Jail aims to prevent inmates from dying of opioid withdrawal.
UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 8:21 p.m.
A Spokane Sheriff’s deputy administered opioid overdose reversing drug to an unconscious person found in a Spokane Valley home Tuesday.
UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 5:53 p.m.
A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees’ children.
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 20, 2018, 6 a.m.
Opioid addiction is getting more attention nationally, but a Washington State University researcher says not enough is being done to help patients transition to non-opioid pain management.
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.
Sun., March 4, 2018
Legislature takes aim at opioid addiction with a variety of programs.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 3:03 p.m.
Drug overdose deaths fell last year in 14 states including Washington, according to preliminary data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
With substance abuse already a major issue from Philadelphia to the White House this year, the Inquirer interviewed experts in five areas of addiction. Each was asked the same basic …
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
A Tacoma, Washington, man accused of leading an opioid trafficking ring that brought pills from Los Angeles to Western Washington has been sentenced to five years in prison.
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 …
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
The Trump administration hasn’t mentioned money, but it’s going to take billions. Any plans to cut Medicaid will undermine a response to the opioid crisis.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017, traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today’s opioid epidemic by helping to convince …
UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
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.
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 …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 7 a.m.
It had been just less than three weeks since Leslee Hoover’s son had died from an opioid overdose on Jan. 27.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 12:57 p.m.
The number of people dying from opioid overdoses spiked in Spokane County in 2015, new data from the Washington Department of Health shows.
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to keep the government funded included one below-the-radar addition: funding to combat the opioid epidemic. While senators in both parties support addressing the issue, …
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.
Thu., June 2, 2016, 4 p.m.
A drug that can reverse potentially fatal opioid overdoses will soon be available to anyone in Washington and Idaho without a prescription.
Thu., June 2, 2016, 2:34 p.m.
Prince joins a list of other stars, including Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, whose lives ended with an overdose.
Thu., May 26, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
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 …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 1:52 p.m.
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 …
Fri., March 11, 2016, 2:14 p.m.
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.