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Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data show

Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday.


Drug epidemic stalls HIV decline in whites who shoot up

The long decline in HIV infections among white people who inject drugs has stalled, another grim side effect of the nation’s drug abuse epidemic.


Prosecutors: German nurse had at least 43 overdose victims

German prosecutors say a nurse who was convicted of killing patients with overdoses of heart medication had at least 43 victims.


Albertsons-Safeway pharmacies in North Idaho offering overdose antidote Narcan

Albertson Safeway pharmacies in North Idaho have begun offering a potentially lifesaving antidote for fatal overdoses of heroin and opiod drugs. The antidote is available without a prescription.


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 …


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 …


White women are dying earlier, in part because of the combination of opiods and benzodiazepines

Between 1999 and 2014, the number of middle-aged white women dying annually from opiate overdoses shot up 400 percent, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers …


Tentative trial date set for suspect in Idaho overdose death

A tentative trial date has been set for a man accused of forcing a 22-year-old to eat a lethal dose of methamphetamine in Post Falls.


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 …


Man arraigned on murder charge in Post Falls meth overdose

Shaun Patrick Kelly was arraigned on a murder charge Monday for allegedly forcing a Post Falls man to eat a lethal dose of methamphetamine at gunpoint.


Man arrested in drug death of grandson of former Post Falls mayor

The grandson of a former Post Falls mayor died last August after investigators say he was forced at gunpoint to eat a fatal dose of methamphetamine.


‘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 …


Naloxone, lifesaving drug to reverse OD, to be sold without prescription locally

A drug that can reverse potentially fatal opioid overdoses will soon be available to anyone in Washington and Idaho without a prescription.


Prince joins a list of stars dead from drug overdoses

Prince joins a list of other stars, including Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, whose lives ended with an overdose.


UPDATED: Thu., June 2, 2016, 2:18 p.m.

Prince died of opioid overdose, official says

CHICAGO – Tests show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Thursday. The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at …


Seattle police say they’ve saved 3 people with overdose drug

Seattle police say bicycle officers have saved three people from potentially fatal heroin overdoses since they started carrying an overdose reversal drug in mid-March.


Did Prince die of an overdose? Death raises questions

Prince’s final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It’s possible the innovative musician’s demise represents one of the most public …


Opioid deaths are focus of concern in Spokane, but new law could help

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday confirmed one of three local fatal drug overdoses on March 9 was related to heroin. William L. Hubbard, 21, died from an …


Suspected fentanyl overdoses: Death toll rises to 9

The death toll from suspected overdoses of a powerful painkiller on the streets of the Sacramento, Calif., region rose to nine Friday as officials raced to find the source of …


SPD warns of ‘possible lethal batch of drugs’ following overdoses

Three people died of apparent drug overdoses in less than three hours Wednesday morning, leading law enforcement in Spokane to warn of “a possible lethal batch of drugs.”


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.


Walgreens rolls out drug disposal kiosks at 500 stores

Walgreens is installing medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores across the U.S. in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse.


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 …


Deputies prepare for Paradiso festival at Gorge

EPHRATA, Wash. — The Grant County sheriff’s office is preparing for the Paradiso electronic dance music festival on the last weekend in June at the Gorge Amphitheater at George.


1 dead after overdose at The Gorge

QUINCY, Wash. — A drug overdose victim died over the weekend and many others were sickened after taking a potent mixture of a drug called “Molly” at The Gorge Amphitheatre.


Medical examiner lists jail death as homicide

The death of a 33-year-old man in the booking area of the Spokane County Jail in Feburary has been listed as a homicide.


New Washington law encourages drug OD 911 calls

A new law that takes effect Thursday in Washington aims to encourage people to report drug overdoses.