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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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 1, 2018, 6:42 p.m.

Everett’s opioid lawsuit joined to other cases out of state

The city of Everett likely will face a longer, slower path as it attempts to prove that the maker of the powerful pain medication OxyContin chased profits while knowingly supplying …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

Armed with new data, officials target ‘drug-dealing’ doctors

The department is providing a trove of data to the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, which draws together authorities in 12 regions across the country, that shows which doctors …


Official: U.S. should curb demand for opioids, not blame China

The United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source …


Vermont opioid deaths jump nearly 160 percent, report shows

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 …


A Georgia mother battles opioids to win back her kids

Kim Silvers’ family had begged her to stop using opioids and heard her promise to do so, only to break that vow repeatedly. They’d cried when she abandoned them, and …


Drug firm founder pleads not guilty to opioid bribe scheme

A pharmaceutical company founder accused of leading a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid pain medication will fight the charges against him and believes he will be …


Drugstore pain pills as effective as opioids in ER patients

Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

Trump opioid panel wants drug courts, training for doctors

President Donald Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis is calling for more drug courts, more training for doctors and penalties for insurers that dodge covering addiction treatment.


Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with the past

While declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency Thursday, President Donald Trump said: “Nobody has seen anything like what’s going on now.” He was right, and he was …


Sue Lani Madsen: Home-based care largely responsible for opioids crisis

Headlines on the dangers of high-powered opioids are all over the news this week, with scary stories of people who started with a legal prescription and ended seeking illegal heroin. …


Trump calls for liberation from ‘scourge’ of drug addiction

In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump has pledged that “we will overcome addiction in America,” declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

In move to curb addiction, Washington Apple Health limits opioid prescriptions

In an effort to curb addiction to prescription drugs, Washington’s Health Care Authority will limit the quantity of opioids that doctors can prescribe to Medicaid patients starting Nov. 1.