Stories tagged: opioids
Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 12:22 p.m.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful new opioid Friday for use in health care settings, rejecting criticism from some of its own advisors that it would inevitably be …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. …
Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 11:31 a.m.
The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning it’s …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:44 p.m.
Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first …
Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 2:07 p.m.
A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.
Sun., Sept. 2, 2018
Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown give stances on marijuana, opioid addiction treatment and drugs
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has softened her stance somewhat on the legalization of marijuana, six years after Washington state voters approved the creation of a recreational market for the drug. …
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to …
Sun., July 29, 2018, 1 p.m.
Boise police started tracking opioid-related arrests in November 2016, after a case Officer Terry Weir remembers well.
Fri., July 27, 2018, 1:38 p.m.
A federal judge has ruled that state and local governments cannot publicize federal government data about where prescription opioids were distributed – a blow to news organizations seeking to report …
UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 3:44 p.m.
Chronic pain patients caught in the complexities and controversies as opioid epidemic draws tighter scrutiny of prescription policies.
Mon., July 23, 2018, 1:25 p.m.
Treasure Valley leaders Monday announced a six-goal plan to combat Idaho’s opioid crisis through 2021.
UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 8:01 p.m.
Franklin County has joined a list of government agencies throughout the country filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors for creating what they describe as “the worst man-made epidemic in …
UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
Drug overdoses fell in Spokane County in 2017, in yet another sign the trend of opioid-related deaths may be reversing in Washington.
UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 5:44 p.m.
As communities debate trying to stem overdose deaths by allowing safe havens for people to take heroin and other narcotics, places like a Brooklyn needle exchange program are quietly providing …
UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 10:34 p.m.
Opioid prescription rates and diagnoses of opioid addiction are declining nationally and in Washington, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield released Thursday.
Wed., June 20, 2018
Dr. Bryan McLelland: The first step in combating the epidemic: limiting opioids in the doctor’s office
The opioid epidemic has crept into every corner of our country – from major cities to rural towns – and Washington state is no exception. In fact, in 2016 alone, …
Fri., June 8, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Seattle officials say they are moving forward with plans for a safe drug-injection site in the city.
UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 7:33 p.m.
In a novel case that could have national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued a county sheriff’s office to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal …
UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 1:42 p.m.
Two more federal prosecutors will soon begin taking cases in Idaho to help combat violent crime and the opioid epidemic in the state, in the wake of an announcement by …
UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 2:51 p.m.
Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of antibiotics and the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels.
UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:40 p.m.
An Idaho tribe has joined a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
Tue., May 22, 2018, 8:48 a.m.
The Nez Perce Tribe has joined a multi-district lawsuit targeting opioid manufacturers and distributors.
Mon., May 21, 2018, 4:47 p.m.
An Everett man is accused of holding down his ex-girlfriend at a Mukilteo hotel, shoving Xanax down her throat and forcing a fentanyl spray up her nose in what police …
UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 9:29 p.m.
Dozens of California counties are suing drugmakers and pharmacy chains that officials say created a public nuisance by manufacturing and distributing prescription painkillers they say contributed to the deaths of …
Tue., May 8, 2018, 9:22 p.m.
Top executives of the nation’s leading wholesale drug distributors told Congress under oath Tuesday that their companies didn’t help cause the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, drawing bipartisan wrath that included …
Thu., May 3, 2018, 12:05 p.m.
One Treasure Valley doctor is joining the national fight against the opioid epidemic by using a different, stronger anesthetic during oral surgeries, which has allowed him to reduce opioid prescriptions …
UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 5:42 p.m.
Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to …
UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Ronny Jackson had a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out a large supply of a prescription opioid …
UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:33 p.m.
Opioid addiction and overdoses cost Washington $9.2 billion in 2016, according to a report by Senator Patty Murray’s office released Monday.
Thu., April 19, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions …