Stories tagged: overdose
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 …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
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.
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
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 …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Seattle police warn people about dangerous heroin purity
Seattle police are warning heroin users about dangerous purity levels after several recent overdoses.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 12:57 p.m.
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.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 7 p.m.
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 …
Sat., Dec. 10, 2016, 9:42 a.m.
One-third of long-term users say they’re hooked on prescription opioids
One-third of Americans who have taken prescription opioids for at least two months say they became addicted to, or physically dependent on, the powerful painkillers, according to a new Washington …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Philadelphia had 35 drug overdoses in 5 days
The Philadelphia medical examiner’s office says as many as 35 fatal drug overdoses over a recent five-day period might be part of a bigger problem: the national opioid crisis.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 4:06 p.m.
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.
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016, 12:24 p.m.
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.
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 9:33 a.m.
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.
Tue., Oct. 18, 2016, 5:25 p.m.
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.
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 6:39 p.m.
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 …
Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, 10:26 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, 7 p.m.
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 …
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, 8:55 p.m.
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.
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 5:56 p.m.
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.
Sat., Aug. 13, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
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 …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 1:49 p.m.
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.
Wed., July 6, 2016, midnight
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.
Sat., June 11, 2016, 9:14 p.m.
‘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 …
Thu., June 2, 2016, 4 p.m.
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.
Thu., June 2, 2016, 2:34 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 4, 2016, 11:55 a.m.
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.
Fri., April 29, 2016, 12:13 p.m.
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 …
Tue., April 19, 2016, 3:11 p.m.
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 …
Fri., April 1, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
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 …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 8 p.m.
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.”
Wed., March 2, 2016, 1:53 p.m.
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.