Stories tagged: opioids
UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 10:04 p.m.
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.
Tue., April 17, 2018, 6 a.m.
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.
“The Opioid Epidemic” will be presented April 19 by Dr. David Tauben, pain medicine expert and University of Washington School of Medicine professor
Fri., April 6, 2018, 3:29 p.m.
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.
Mon., March 26, 2018, 7:20 p.m.
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.
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.
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 …
Sun., March 18, 2018
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.
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.
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 …
Tue., March 6, 2018, 4:50 p.m.
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.
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: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Sen. Maria Cantwell calls for heavier penalties on drugmakers who fail to keep opioids off the street
Sen. Maria Cantwell
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 3:40 p.m.
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 …
Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 6 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 3:48 p.m.
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 is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.
Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 9:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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 …
Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
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 …
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 …
Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 2:02 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
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.
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.
Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 9:22 p.m.
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 …
Sat., Oct. 28, 2017
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. …
Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 7:28 a.m.
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 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.