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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

California counties sue drugmakers over opioid epidemic

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 …


Drug supply firm execs say they didn’t cause opioids crisis

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 …


Nampa dentist working to prescribe fewer opioids

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.

Drugmakers push back against lawmakers’ calls to tax opioids

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.

Memo: VA pick Jackson said to have crashed car while drunk

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.

Patty Murray report: Opioid addiction and deaths cost Washington $9.2 billion in 2016

Opioid addiction and overdoses cost Washington $9.2 billion in 2016, according to a report by Senator Patty Murray’s office released Monday.


New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Commissioners will pursue lawsuit against drug manufacturers

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to pursue a lawsuit alleging opioid manufacturers lied about the addictive nature of the prescription drug to doctors and patients.


Spokane County may join legal action against companies that make prescription painkillers

Spokane County is considering joining a nationwide lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers alleging the companies knowingly lied about the addictive potential of powerful painkillers.


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

Curbing the ‘Opioid Epidemic’: UW pain specialist will talk in Spokane next week

“The Opioid Epidemic” will be presented April 19 by Dr. David Tauben, pain medicine expert and University of Washington School of Medicine professor