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UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 1:42 p.m.

Idaho to receive two more assistant U.S. attorneys to help combat violent and opioid-related crimes

Two more federal prosecutors will soon begin taking cases in Idaho to help combat violent crime and the opioid epidemic in the state, in the wake of an announcement by …


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 2:51 p.m.

Scientists find opioids, antibiotics in Puget Sound mussels

Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of antibiotics and the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels.


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Idaho tribe joins lawsuit against big opioid manufacturers

An Idaho tribe has joined a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.


Nez Perce Tribe joins opioids suit

The Nez Perce Tribe has joined a multi-district lawsuit targeting opioid manufacturers and distributors.


Everett man accused of trying to kill woman with opioid spray

An Everett man is accused of holding down his ex-girlfriend at a Mukilteo hotel, shoving Xanax down her throat and forcing a fentanyl spray up her nose in what police …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

California counties sue drugmakers over opioid epidemic

Dozens of California counties are suing drugmakers and pharmacy chains that officials say created a public nuisance by manufacturing and distributing prescription painkillers they say contributed to the deaths of …


Drug supply firm execs say they didn’t cause opioids crisis

Top executives of the nation’s leading wholesale drug distributors told Congress under oath Tuesday that their companies didn’t help cause the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, drawing bipartisan wrath that included …


Nampa dentist working to prescribe fewer opioids

One Treasure Valley doctor is joining the national fight against the opioid epidemic by using a different, stronger anesthetic during oral surgeries, which has allowed him to reduce opioid prescriptions …


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

Drugmakers push back against lawmakers’ calls to tax opioids

Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to …


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Memo: VA pick Jackson said to have crashed car while drunk

Dr. Ronny Jackson had a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out a large supply of a prescription opioid …


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

Patty Murray report: Opioid addiction and deaths cost Washington $9.2 billion in 2016

Opioid addiction and overdoses cost Washington $9.2 billion in 2016, according to a report by Senator Patty Murray’s office released Monday.


New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Commissioners will pursue lawsuit against drug manufacturers

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to pursue a lawsuit alleging opioid manufacturers lied about the addictive nature of the prescription drug to doctors and patients.


Spokane County may join legal action against companies that make prescription painkillers

Spokane County is considering joining a nationwide lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers alleging the companies knowingly lied about the addictive potential of powerful painkillers.


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

Curbing the ‘Opioid Epidemic’: UW pain specialist will talk in Spokane next week

“The Opioid Epidemic” will be presented April 19 by Dr. David Tauben, pain medicine expert and University of Washington School of Medicine professor


Elizabeth Warren calls for new federal approach to opioid crisis

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for the federal government to confront the opioid addiction crisis like it ultimately attacked the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.


Experts: Prince toxicology report shows very high drug level

MINNEAPOLIS – A toxicology report from Prince’s autopsy, obtained Monday by the Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body …


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 11:27 p.m.

Trump opioid plan includes death penalty for traffickers

President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official …


UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

Q&A: Holding drugmakers accountable for the opioid crisis

Hundreds of communities in the U.S. are suing the makers and distributors of opioid painkillers, arguing that the companies should help pay the enormous costs of the deadliest drug epidemic …


Thomas Schaaf: Washington physicians aggressively working for solutions to opioid crisis

Rarely a day goes by without news reports on the impact of opioids on individuals, families and communities. The Spokesman-Review’s article published Sunday, Feb. 4, “Washington nurses, health care workers …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

5 doctors charged with taking kickbacks to tout painkiller

Five New York City doctors were arrested Friday on charges they accepted bribes and kickbacks from an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company to prescribe large volumes of a highly addictive painkiller.


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Comprehensive bill to battle opioids dies in Washington Senate, but treatment dollars on the way

A bill to combat the opioid epidemic with a comprehensive strategy died without a vote in the Senate as time ran out on the final day of the session. But …


Tribes sue drug companies over opioid crisis

The Port Gamble S’Klallam, Suquamish and the Jamestown S’Klallam tribes have a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors claiming the companies flooded their reservations with deadly opioids.


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

First lady: ‘We need to change’ arc of opioid crisis

Melania Trump says many people are grieving after losing loved ones to the opioid crisis and is telling a White House summit “we need to change that.”



UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, a surprise reversal following lawsuits that blamed the company for helping trigger the current …


Washington nurses, health care workers are dying of opioid overdoses

Tami Cleveland was terrified as she drove to her parents’ house in Veradale on a September evening in 2012. Her stepmother, Beth, who suffered from debilitating migraines, hadn’t answered her …


Probe: Chinese opioid sellers exploit US postal service flaw

Congressional investigators said Wednesday that Chinese opioid manufacturers are exploiting weak screening at the U.S. Postal Service to ship large quantities of illegal drugs to American dealers.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.


State Attorney General: OxyContin maker Purdue pushed prescriptions

Vancouver nurse practitioner Kelly Bell prescribed more than $1.5 million worth of OxyContin in a six-month span in 2008 – months before federal agents raided the Payette Clinic, according to …