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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 …


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 …


Demi Lovato’s mom didn’t know ‘for two days’ if the singer would make it after her overdose

Demi Lovato’s mother says the pop star is doing well nearly two months after she suffered an overdose, but she admits there was a time they weren’t sure whether Lovato …


Demi Lovato expected to be released from hospital this week following apparent overdose

Demi Lovato’s condition is reportedly improving more than a week after she was hospitalized following an apparent drug overdose.


Demi Lovato’s reported overdose was meth, not heroin as previously thought, new reports say

Demi Lovato is awake and responsive, but the reason for the “Sober” singer’s Tuesday morning collapse, which brought emergency responders to her Los Angeles home, remains a mystery.


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: Wed., July 11, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

Spokane Valley deputy administers opioid overdose medicine to unconscious man found in basement

A Spokane Sheriff’s deputy administered opioid overdose reversing drug to an unconscious person found in a Spokane Valley home Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Opioid crisis: Top doctor urges access to overdose antidote

The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives.


Opioid overdoses in ERs up 30 percent as crisis worsens

Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year – the latest evidence the nation’s drug crisis is getting worse.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 3:03 p.m.

Overdose deaths decline in Washington

Drug overdose deaths fell last year in 14 states including Washington, according to preliminary data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Suspect allegedly texted about overdose, rape and death, then used victim’s thumb to hack iPhone in attempt to cover up crime

A Lynnwood man raped a teenager as she was dying from a drug overdose, then hacked into her cellphone in an attempt to cover up the death, according to police …


Vermont opioid deaths jump nearly 160 percent, report shows

Deaths from opioid-related overdoses jumped nearly 160 percent in Vermont between 2010 and 2016 and continue to rise while more than half of the 266 young children in state custody …


The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines

A case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about “the first marijuana overdose death” this week … Except that’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

In move to curb addiction, Washington Apple Health limits opioid prescriptions

In an effort to curb addiction to prescription drugs, Washington’s Health Care Authority will limit the quantity of opioids that doctors can prescribe to Medicaid patients starting Nov. 1.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdose danger

Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Trump drug commission calls for emergency declaration over opioid epidemic

President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called for him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

Spokane police officer uses Narcan to save overdosing suspect

A Spokane police officer carrying Narcan used it to save a man having a drug overdose Tuesday night.


Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released …


Two men sentenced for delivering fatal dose of heroin

Two men who were involved in the delivery of a fatal dose of heroin to a young member of the Quileute Tribe were each sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.


Heroin dealer who delivered fatal dose gets prison time

A 28-year-old woman who sold a fatal dose of heroin to another woman in 2015 has been sentenced to over three years in prison.


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

All charges dismissed against woman accused of helping daughter overdose on drugs

A woman charged with controlled substance homicide and promoting a suicide attempt in connection to her adult daughter’s death has had all charges against her dropped.


UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose

Carfentanil and fentanyl are driving forces in the most deadly drug epidemic the United States has ever seen. Because of their potency, it’s not just addicts who are increasingly at …


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

Woman charged in daughter’s overdose death trying to get charges dismissed

A Spokane attorney is trying to get his client’s controlled substance homicide charge dismissed by arguing there isn’t enough evidence to prove she delivered the drugs that her adult daughter …


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

Elephant tranquilizer makes lethal entry into opioid crisis

A substance used to tranquilize elephants that is 100 times more potent than the drug that killed Prince is presenting a new and difficult challenge in the nationwide opioid epidemic.


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

Affidavit: Doc prescribed Prince opioids under friend’s name

The affidavits and search warrants were unsealed in Carver County District Court as the yearlong investigation into Prince’s death continues. The documents show authorities searched Paisley Park, cellphone records of …


Idaho man pleads guilty of failing to report man’s death

Officials say an Idaho man admitted he was guilty of failing to report the death of another man after a fatal overdose.


Tacoma fire department revises hiring after firefighter’s drug death

The Tacoma Fire Department has revised their hiring practices in the wake of a News Tribune story about a firefighter who died of a drug overdose last summer after showing …


Seattle police warn people about dangerous heroin purity

Seattle police are warning heroin users about dangerous purity levels after several recent overdoses.


Opioid overdose deaths in Spokane County up 78 percent last year

The number of people dying from opioid overdoses spiked in Spokane County in 2015, new data from the Washington Department of Health shows.


U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year – a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the …