Stories tagged: addiction
Sun., Jan. 5, 2020
Rafael Gonzalez has the arrests and losses to show for abuse of alcohol and methamphetamine that got so bad he couldn’t hold down a job. But that was before – …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019
Daybreak Youth Services says $500,000 budget gap could force closure of treatment facilities in Spokane, Vancouver
Daybreak, which was founded in Spokane in 1978, says its financial situation follows the troubled expansion of its treatment facility in the Vancouver area. Now the organization is seeking loans …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 28, 2019
In its third year, Hands Across the Falls drew a large crowd, despite the cold weather, to celebrate addiction recovery and to remember those who didn’t make it.
Sun., Sept. 8, 2019
Joshua Conklin was more than his worst times. More than a John Doe OD. He was Kirsten Zurfluh’s friend and special charge, and she has worked to give his life …
Sun., Aug. 18, 2019
Often, when social issues become politicized – whether it’s homelessness in Spokane or gun violence nationwide – there is a brief, urgent flare of interest in “treatment” as a solution. …
UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019
House lawmakers are investigating the e-cigarette maker amid a recent explosion of vaping among American youth. A Thursday hearing marks the first time the privately held company has been called …
Sat., July 20, 2019
People in rebellion don’t see value in respecting the system but feel entitled to what they want right now. Therapeutic communities like Teen Challenge transform the heart in addition to …
Mon., July 8, 2019
An Oklahoma judge decided Monday the state’s ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson can move forward, rejecting the company’s argument that the state failed to …
UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019
Kevin Schmeider sponsored the team through his hardwood flooring business, which he started after he and his wife climbed their way out of homelessness and drug addiction.
UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019
Years after feeling the country took everything from her, Spokane woman flies flag high atop her 100-foot-tall tree
To see Alicene Robertson’s American flag in her yard, you need to crane your neck. The flag stands atop a 100-foot-tall spruce tree.
UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019
Shawn Vestal: ‘Homeless Island’ idea touted in ‘Seattle is dying’ based on Rhode Island program that isn’t as reported
Perhaps you’ve heard recently of the “genius” of Rhode Island’s approach to homelessness.
Wed., April 17, 2019
After long drug addiction, recovery from opioid use disorder is happening for some Spokane residents through medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, a method of using prescribed drugs along with counseling and …
Fri., March 1, 2019
Dr. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal is one of several physicians who recently founded the Advanced Integrative Medical Science Institute in Seattle in 2018.
Wed., Jan. 16, 2019
The nation’s top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know …
Thu., Jan. 10, 2019
Julia Roberts gives one of her most sensitive and searching performances yet, and her face is her most expressive tool – her wide grin at the sight of her son, …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018
Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018
Since opening February 2017, Recovery Cafe in Peaceful Valley has served up support and social connections for people who are in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. A program of …
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018
Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to …
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018
As state lawmakers face a pricey proposal for a $500 million prison expansion, Idaho judges have been studying the state’s felony sentencing laws and processes with an eye to reforms.
Sat., Aug. 11, 2018
I got out of bed and followed the smell of bacon and the sound of my parents’ voices to the kitchen. The Eagles were harmonizing from the tape deck, and …
UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018
Opioid prescription rates and diagnoses of opioid addiction are declining nationally and in Washington, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield released Thursday.
Sun., July 1, 2018
If America had some good friends right now – the kind who will tell you hard truths – those friends would be sitting the country down and saying it’s time …
Tue., June 12, 2018
Psychedelic drugs’ mind-expanding properties may be rooted in their ability to prompt neurons to branch out and create new connections with other brain cells, new research has found.
UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018
In a novel case that could have national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued a county sheriff’s office to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal …
Sun., June 3, 2018
Mackenzie Andrews, who is about to graduate from the University of Washington, began a quest to understand her father and why her family fell apart after his arrest.
Tue., March 20, 2018
Opioid addiction is getting more attention nationally, but a Washington State University researcher says not enough is being done to help patients transition to non-opioid pain management.
Sun., March 4, 2018
Legislature takes aim at opioid addiction with a variety of programs.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018
Delvonn Heckard, the Kent, Washington, man who sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray last year on allegations of sexual abuse decades ago – prompting other accusations to come to light, leading …
Thu., Feb. 1, 2018
Former congressman Patrick Kennedy calls for proactive mental health treatment during Spokane speech
In a speech at the Spokane Convention Center, former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy added his voice to a community conversation about improving mental health and addiction treatment, detailing his own …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018
Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media …