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U.S. attorney in Philadelphia sues over safe injection site

The top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia has filed suit to stop a nonprofit from opening a first-in-the-nation supervised drug injection site to address the city’s opioid problem.


Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect

Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.


Review: ‘Ben Is Back’ exquisitely devastating family story for the opiate era

Julia Roberts gives one of her most sensitive and searching performances yet, and her face is her most expressive tool – her wide grin at the sight of her son, …


Experimental app might spot drug overdoses in time to help

Too often people die of an opioid overdose because no one’s around to notice they’re in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure …


Border wall won’t keep opioids out of U.S.

When President Donald Trump makes his case tonight that there really is a border crisis, he’ll likely mention the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, which killed thousands of Americans …


His family says he stopped using heroin. Then he relapsed in the Grant County Jail.

Derek Batton had pretty much beaten a heroin addiction by the time he was booked into the Grant County Jail, according to his family. Inside, though, things took a turn …


Amphetamine hospitalizations increasing every year in Spokane, rivaling opioids

In 2017, more than four times the number of people were treated at Spokane hospitals as a result of amphetamine-related conditions compared with 2008, according to the Spokane Regional Health …


FDA approves a powerful new opioid amid criticism

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.

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to U.S.

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. …


U.S. health chief says overdose deaths beginning to level off

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.

New U.S. survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

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 …


Report: Fentanyl deaths in Alaska quadrupled in 2017

A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.


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. …


Mom’s use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids’ learning

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 …


Who’s tracking opioids in the Treasure Valley?

Boise police started tracking opioid-related arrests in November 2016, after a case Officer Terry Weir remembers well.


Judge: Opioid distribution data not for public consumption

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.

For some patients, opioids provide only hope

Chronic pain patients caught in the complexities and controversies as opioid epidemic draws tighter scrutiny of prescription policies.


Idaho leaders unveil plan to prevent opioid-related deaths in future years

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 sues national drug makers over opioid crisis

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 fall in Spokane County

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.

‘It keeps us safe’: An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses

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.

Study shows declining prescriptions for opioids in Washington, Idaho

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.


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, …


Seattle officials propose mobile safe injection site

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.

Lawsuit: Washington jail must provide addiction treatment

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.

Idaho to receive two more assistant U.S. attorneys to help combat violent and opioid-related crimes

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 find opioids, antibiotics in Puget Sound mussels

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.

Idaho tribe joins lawsuit against big opioid manufacturers

An Idaho tribe has joined a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.


Nez Perce Tribe joins opioids suit

The Nez Perce Tribe has joined a multi-district lawsuit targeting opioid manufacturers and distributors.


Everett man accused of trying to kill woman with opioid spray

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 …