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Meth, often mixed with opioids, leads spike in Spokane County drug overdose deaths

Spokane police haven’t busted a methamphetamine lab in at least three years, almost the same amount of time Breaking Bad and its methamphetamine-cooking protagonist have been off the air. But methamphetamine is contributing to more drug overdose deaths than any other drug in Spokane County, and that number rose significantly in 2016.

Interest spikes in long-acting birth control following presidential election, threat to Obamacare

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, which operates a dozen clinics in Eastern Washington, saw a 76 percent increase in appointments seeking a long-acting reversible contraceptive method in the week following the election. Tiffany Harms, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, said women are concerned about a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which required all health insurance plans to cover birth control without a copay.

Suicides, drug overdoses peak in Spokane County

Suicides and accidental drug overdoses hit their highest levels since 2009 in Spokane County, mirroring sharp national increases in both types of death over the past several years.