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UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 12:02 p.m.

Colleges can get free doses of naloxone for students overdosing on heroin and other opioids

Colleges will be able to get several free doses of a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, a sign of the widening impact of the deadly epidemic and increased efforts …


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 5:29 p.m.

Workers’ comp programs fight addiction among injured workers

Meet a victim of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers’ compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Opioids contributed to deaths of three WSU students

Overdoses involving opioid drugs killed three Washington State University students in the closing months of 2016. All three were men in their 20s.


America’s heroin epidemic starts in Mexico

America faces its worst drug crisis in decades, with heroin and opioid use tripling since 2010. As various federal agencies roll out their annual strategy reports, the government declared that-as …


Bill designed to combat heroin abuse dies in Idaho House

The Idaho House has spiked a proposal designed to combat opioid addiction.


Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?

After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among …


Sharp increase in missing drugs at some VA hospitals

Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees …


With opioid deaths on the rise, Spokane County expands methadone treatment program

Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.


Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains, study finds

A new study by Harvard Medical School and New York University shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, …


Schools reach beyond ‘Just Say No’ on opioid dangers

Schools are going beyond “Just Say No” as they teach students as young as kindergartners about the dangers of opioids in the hope that they don’t later become part of …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

Costco agrees to pay $11.75 million over federal allegations that it improperly filled prescriptions

As part of a federal investigation that started in Spokane, Costco Wholesale has agreed to pay $11.75 million in civil fines to settle federal allegations that it improperly filled prescriptions …


As opioid abuse widens, drugmakers push new (unproven) alternatives

Pilloried for their role in the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, drugmakers are aggressively pushing their remedy to the problem: a new generation of harder-to-manipulate opioids that have racked up …


One-third of long-term users say they’re hooked on prescription opioids

One-third of Americans who have taken prescription opioids for at least two months say they became addicted to, or physically dependent on, the powerful painkillers, according to a new Washington …


Relationship between sleep and pain part of WSU study

Washington State University will take part in a study on the relationship between sleep and chronic pain, part of a nationwide effort to stem the abuse of opioid pain relievers.


Regulators: Illinois doctor’s pill mill supplied 11 states

Illinois regulators have yanked a suburban Chicago doctor’s license for running a cash-only pill mill and prescribing vast amounts of fentanyl and other addictive painkillers to patients in 11 states.


Teamsters demand McKesson CEO return millions of dollars for role in opioid crisis

The Teamsters union called Tuesday for health-care giant McKesson to take back millions of dollars in incentive pay from chief executive John Hammergren, citing damage to the company’s reputation caused …


Insurer Cigna eases rules for opioid addiction medication

The health insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy that required physicians to fill out extra paperwork before they could give patients a drug used to treat opioid addiction.


Utah teen deaths probed amid national synthetic drug wave

Police are investigated the deaths of two 13-year-old boys in the Utah ski-resort town of Park City that may be connected to a new synthetic drug found at entertainer Prince’s …


Inslee takes executive action to fight opioid addiction

Gov. Jay Inslee has issued an executive order to fight opioid abuse in Washington state.


Chemical weapon for sale: China’s unregulated narcotic

It’s one of the strongest opioids in circulation, so deadly an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. Until July, when drug users in the United States …


FDA wants an app to match opioid overdose victims with rescue drug

Hoping to reduce the death toll in the nation’s epidemic of opioid drug use, the Food and Drug Administration is calling for the development of a cellphone app that could …


New study finds that medical marijuana may be helping to curb the opioid epidemic

After states pass laws permitting medical marijuana, drivers in those states become less likely to test positive for opioids after fatal car accidents, a new study from Columbia University’s Mailman …


Study: Medical marijuana may help curb opioid epidemic

After states pass laws permitting medical marijuana, drivers in those states become less likely to test positive for opioids after fatal car accidents, a new study from Columbia University’s Mailman …


Health spending for opioid treatment up more than 1,300 percent over 4 years, study says

The nation’s ongoing opioid problem comes with staggering physical and emotional costs to patients and families. But the dollar cost to the health system has been harder to peg. Now …


Ohio city shares shocking photos of adults who overdosed with a small child in the car

On Wednesday afternoon, a police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio, stopped a vehicle for driving erratically and made a shocking discovery: The driver was barely conscious. A woman was slumped …


FDA warns of fatal risks from mixing opioids and sedatives

Health officials are warnings doctors and patients about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and popular sedatives like Valium and Xanax, which can lead to breathing problems, coma …


Murray: New addiction-treatment law won’t work without funding

U.S. Senator Patty Murray visited Spokane’s opioid treatment program Tuesday to push for $920 million in federal funding to fight heroin and prescription drug abuse.


Prosecution trend: After fatal OD, dealer charged with death

A growing number of dealers around the nation face prosecution for the fatal heroin and fentanyl overdoses of their customers. Michael Millette was charged not just with drug dealing, but …


Researchers hope synthetic opioid would combat painkiller addiction

BALTIMORE – Prescription opioids help millions of Americans deal with pain, but their addictive qualities have created a public health problem: rising rates of opioid dependence, addiction and overdose. To …


State suspends Seattle pain doctor, alleges substandard care

The Washington State Medical Commission said Friday it suspended a Seattle doctor who runs eight pain treatment centers in the state, accusing him of “consistent violations of the standard of …