Stories tagged: OxyContin
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Painful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemic
A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017, traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today’s opioid epidemic by helping to convince …
Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
Everett counters OxyContin maker’s call to have lawsuit tossed
The city of Everett is firing back at the multibillion-dollar producer of the prescription drug OxyContin.
UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Workers’ comp programs fight addiction among injured workers
Meet a victim of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers’ compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of …
Tue., March 21, 2017, 7:34 p.m.
Maker of OxyContin seeks to dismiss Everette’s lawsuit
The manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin on Tuesday asked a judge to dismiss a novel lawsuit by a city seeking to hold the company financially responsible for a raging …
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 1:55 p.m.
Everett files lawsuit against painkiller manufacturer
The city of Everett has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin. The
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 6:16 a.m.
As opioid abuse widens, drugmakers push new (unproven) alternatives
Pilloried for their role in the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, drugmakers are aggressively pushing their remedy to the problem: a new generation of harder-to-manipulate opioids that have racked up …
Thu., May 26, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
First drug-oozing implant to control addiction gets FDA approval
Federal health officials have approved an innovative new option for Americans addicted to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a …
Fri., April 29, 2016, 1:58 p.m.
FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers
The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.
Thu., April 14, 2016, 1:45 p.m.
California man sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for distributing OxyContin in Spokane
Jamil Jones, AKA Batman, will spend two years in federal prison and receive drug treatment after pleading guilty to dealing OxyContin for an illegal arms dealer in Spokane.
Wed., July 1, 2015, 4:07 p.m.
OxyContin ringleader gets 50-year prison sentence
The ringleader of a drug trafficking operation that brought thousands of illicit painkillers from California to Spokane over several years was sentenced to 50 years in prison last month.
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Two face 201 counts in 40 Green Bluff burglaries
Two 21-year-olds were accused Thursday in a string of 40 Green Bluff burglaries. Trever J. Burzic and Damian A. Zowal face 201 felonies after sheriff’s officials say they broke into …
Tue., Oct. 7, 2014
Drug ring defendant could avoid prison with trouble-free 18 months
A 24-year-old college student caught in the wide net of a federal investigation into gang and drug activity stretching from Spokane to Las Vegas and California will avoid prison time …
Fri., Sept. 12, 2014
Woman, 70, allegedly assaulted, held captive
A 31-year-old Loon Lake man is behind bars accused of assaulting with a machete a 70-year-old woman and holding her against her will after she refused to give him prescription …
Thu., May 1, 2014, 8:52 a.m.
Spokane restaurateur takes plea deal in massive drug case
Sally B. Guthrie, owner of several Spokane restaurants and named in a federal indictment filed last year exposing an alleged OxyContin ring between California and Washington state, will plead guilty …
Sat., March 23, 2013
Feds paying to house drug ring suspects in county jail
Housing dozens of inmates arrested in connection with what police are calling a massive oxycodone distribution ring brings some logistical headaches, but also a financial benefit to the Spokane County …
Fri., March 15, 2013
OxyContin case overwhelms court
A courtroom packed with attorneys and 21 of the 62 defendants tied to a massive Spokane-Los Angeles OxyContin distribution ring appeared in court Thursday as a federal judge tried to …
Tue., March 12, 2013
Dozens of drug ring suspects face local trial
Federal prosecutors may boost Spokane’s travel economy the hard way: They intend to transport dozens of suspects indicted in a massive oxycodone distribution ring to Spokane from Los Angeles for …
Fri., March 1, 2013
Spokane arrests part of West Coast drug bust
Law enforcement officers in Spokane, Los Angeles and Western Washington raided 47 locations Thursday morning and arrested 41 people in connection with an alleged conspiracy to distribute OxyContin, a widely …
Sat., July 7, 2012
Woman embezzled $270,000 from law firm
A woman who managed the payroll for a Spokane law firm is headed to prison after embezzling $270,000 to feed her prescription painkiller habit. Dawn L. Balzert, 44, cried as …
UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2012, 4:48 p.m.
Spokane burglary suspect is repeat offender
A burglary suspect accused of stealing a truck and gun from a northwest Spokane home is a repeat offender with a 19-year history of property crimes, police say.
Sun., Jan. 22, 2012
Prescription drug abuse, deaths target of new Washington law
At the height of his addiction, Joshua Dameron would cruise through emergency rooms in Spokane, hoping to score his next fix. Dameron got hooked on prescription pain medication after suffering …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2012
Mom’s nightmare becomes a cause
Dr. Rosemary Orr didn’t see it coming. It was the morning after Mother’s Day. She needed a ride to work, so her 24-year-old son Robin drove her. She was in …
Mon., Dec. 5, 2011, 5:50 p.m.
Deer Park store robbed of OxyContin at gunpoint
A gunman robbed a Deer Park pharmacy of OxyContin about 4:40 p.m. today.
Wed., Aug. 10, 2011
Church burglaries lead to felony charges
A series of church burglaries last year has led to 23 felony charges against four suspects. The burglaries, which police say began when the main suspect and his mother stole …
Wed., April 6, 2011
Post Falls businessman arrested in drug raid
A man who shot two men in downtown Coeur d’Alene in what a grand jury ruled was self-defense returned to jail on a heroin charge after a SWAT team raid …
Tue., April 5, 2011, 8:54 p.m.
Post Falls businessman arrested in drug raid
A man who shot two men in downtown Coeur d’Alene in what a grand jury ruled was self defense returned to jail on a heroin charge after a SWAT team …
Wed., Feb. 2, 2011, 1:18 p.m.
Reward offered in Kootenai County robberies
Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in two 2009 pharmacy robberies in Kootenai County.
Wed., Oct. 20, 2010
Former deputy prosecutor sentenced to five years
A Coeur d’Alene defense lawyer and former Kootenai County deputy prosecutor was sent to prison recently after police said he recruited a client to help feed his OxyContin addiction. Shawn …
Tue., Aug. 31, 2010, 5:50 p.m.
‘Scruffy’ man robs pharmacy of OxyContin
Around 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, a robber stormed through the Fifth and Browne Pharmacy with a knife, demanding OxyContin, police said.
Wed., Aug. 4, 2010, 7:49 p.m.
OxyContin robbery suspect dies of self-inflicted gunshot
A man who shot himself after a police chase Tuesday has died. Nicholas T. “Niko” Burden, 31, worked as a car salesman and lived with his girlfriend and baby daughter …