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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.


Experts: Opioid crisis is hitting Georgia especially hard

The nation’s deepening opioid epidemic is hitting Georgia harder than most states, experts say.


Outside View: Congress propelled opioid epidemic

By the time the law passed last year, about 200,000 Americans had lost their lives due to opioid overdoses.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 9:22 p.m.

FDA targets ‘rogue’ websites illegally selling opioids, other prescription drugs

The Food and Drug Administration has targeted more than 500 websites it said were illegally selling unapproved versions of prescription medications, including opioids, antibiotics and injectable epinephrine products, the agency …


Seattle want to join lawsuit to defend safe-injection sites

The city of Seattle wants to join a lawsuit to challenge a King County initiative that would ban safe injection sites for drug users.


States expand investigation of opioid makers, distributors

Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives.


Lawyers appear in court for lawsuit against OxyContin maker

After the makers of the prescription opioid OxyContin filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them, lawyers for the city of Everett are expected in U.S. District Court Monday …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdose danger

Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 6:46 p.m.

Sessions: Drug overdoses ‘the top lethal issue’ in the U.S.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths “the top lethal issue” in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to “create and foster a culture …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 9:59 a.m.

Health officials: Trump’s opioid announcement could mean more resources for Washington

President Donald Trump’s declaration Thursday that opioid overdose deaths are a public health emergency was low on specifics, but Washington’s top public health official said the order could bring needed …


Editorial: Opioid addiction is a clear, present danger

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: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 6:39 p.m.

Trump declares opioid crisis a ‘national emergency’

President Donald Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a “national emergency.”


Trump pledges U.S. will beat opioid drug epidemic

President Donald Trump took on the opioid drug epidemic Tuesday, pledging that “we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win.”


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Trump drug commission calls for emergency declaration over opioid epidemic

President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called for him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic.


Despite serious opioid crisis, research on medical marijuana remains stifled by federal rules

It’s about a mile along Division Street from Dr. Matt Layton’s office on the Washington State University medical campus in Spokane to the nearest recreational marijuana store.


‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat

They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

Safeway to pay $3 million over lax controls at pharmacies, DOJ says

The U.S. Department of Justice says the Safeway grocery store chain has agreed to pay $3 million to settle allegations of lax controls at its pharmacies.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 8 p.m.

Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers

An expert panel of scientists says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, …


Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released …


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

GOP may keep some Obama tax increases to save health bill

Senate Republican leaders considered keeping one of former President Barack Obama’s big tax increases on wealthier Americans and using the money to fatten proposed subsidies for the poor in a …


Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal “Obamacare” also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects …


Oklahoma doctor charged in opioid deaths of 5 patients

An Oklahoma doctor has been charged with second-degree murder in the overdose deaths of at least five patients from the powerful painkillers and other drugs she had prescribed them.


Florida doctor, 84, accused of illegally distributing pills

Authorities say an 84-year-old Florida doctor is accused of illegally distributing $10 million worth of pain pill prescriptions.


GOP’s health care rollback collides with the opioid epidemic

The Republican campaign to roll back former President Barack Obama’s heath care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic.