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Spokane doctor and pharmacist named to opioid task force

A Spokane doctor and a pharmacist have been named to a Washington task force that will explore solutions to the state’s growing opioid epidemic.


Medical marijuana reduces prescription drug use, study finds

Patients fill significantly fewer prescriptions for conditions like nausea and pain in states where medical marijuana is available, researchers reported Wednesday in one of the first studies to examine how …


Pfizer agrees to note addiction risks in opioid marketing

The city of Chicago and Pfizer announced an agreement Wednesday committing the drugmaker to disclosing the serious risks of addiction in its marketing of prescription opioid painkillers.


More opioid abusers now can get medication help

More Americans will now have access to a drug that could help treat their opioid addiction, Sylvia Burwell, U.S. secretary of health and human services, announced Tuesday, even as she …


Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says

Accidental overdoses aren’t the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers – the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.


Many red states struggle to care for addicts due to stance on Obamacare

Even as they race to control a spiraling heroin and prescription opioid crisis, doctors, public health officials and community leaders in many states are struggling to get care to addiction …


‘VIP Syndrome’ may have factored in Prince’s death

One doctor delivered test results to Prince’s home. Another sent his son, who wasn’t a physician, on a cross-country flight to bring medication to the music star. It’s not clear …


FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.


Valley doctor fighting state accusations of dangerous prescription practices

A Spokane Valley doctor accused of recklessly writing prescriptions for painkillers said the state investigation is a vengeful effort to discredit his practice.


Spokane Valley doctor accused of over-prescribing pain medications to 18 patients

A Spokane Valley doctor is accused of prescribing opioids to at least 18 patients “in a remarkably dangerous fashion,” state regulators say. .


Senate rejects funds for opioid crisis

The Senate on Wednesday rejected an amendment that would have added $600 million in emergency money to a measure designed to combat the nation’s heroin and opioid-addiction epidemic.


Heroin epidemic in Washington: Father wants state to help parents confront addiction

The number of heroin overdose deaths has skyrocketed in Washington since 2010; two bills in this session want to give people more tools to commit their loved ones for treatment.


Doctor gets 30 years to life in case tied to overdoses

A judge on Friday sentenced a Rowland Heights doctor to 30 years to life in prison for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed, ending a landmark …


White House proposes more money to battle heroin epidemic

The Obama administration will propose a significant boost in federal spending to battle the nation’s heroin addiction epidemic when the president unveils his budget recommendations next week.


Obama’s FDA pick being blocked by Democratic senator

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey said in a statement that he has put a hold on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf, the No. 2 official at the agency who was …