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Shawn Vestal: Treatment is everyone’s favorite solution, but it’s not so simple

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, 3:29 p.m.

Juul exec: Never intended vaping device to be used by teens

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 …


Sue Lani Madsen: Teen Challenge is a model for how to offer a hand up

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 …


Oklahoma judge denies motion to end case against drugmaker

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, 10:07 p.m.

Hoopfest team Against the Grain celebrates recovery from addiction, homelessness

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, 9:50 p.m.

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, 6:36 a.m.

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.


Using meds to kick drugs: A prescription can help opioid addicts on the road to recovery

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 …


Canadian cannabis research may encourage efforts to kick opioid habits

Dr. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal is one of several physicians who recently founded the Advanced Integrative Medical Science Institute in Seattle in 2018.


The best Rx for teens addicted to vaping? No one knows

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 …


Review: ‘Ben Is Back’ exquisitely devastating family story for the opiate era

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, 12:44 p.m.

New U.S. survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

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, 11:36 a.m.

Recovering community: Recovery Cafe in Peaceful Valley serves up support and social connections

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 …


Mom’s use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids’ learning

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, 4:22 p.m.

Idaho courts identify an outdated sentencing law that could be helping spur prison growth

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.


Sosha Lewis: Addiction is a disease. My drug-addicted parents showed me that.

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, 10:34 p.m.

Study shows declining prescriptions for opioids in Washington, Idaho

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.


Vestal: We need to quit football, cold turkey – but we can’t

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 …


Psychedelic drugs change brain cells in ways that could help fight depression, addiction and more

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, 7:33 p.m.

Lawsuit: Washington jail must provide addiction treatment

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 …


A UW student found success, and answers about her father’s addiction

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.


Cutbacks to opioid prescriptions leave chronic pain patients without help

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.


Lawmakers funnel millions into opioid fight

Legislature takes aim at opioid addiction with a variety of programs.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Man who accused ex-mayor of Seattle of sexual abuse found dead in motel

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 …


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, 3:08 p.m.

Apple investors urge action to curb child gadget addiction

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 …


Five addiction experts weigh in on future of opioid crisis. Their forecast: grim

With substance abuse already a major issue from Philadelphia to the White House this year, the Inquirer interviewed experts in five areas of addiction. Each was asked the same basic …


Rising Strong gives troubled Spokane parents another chance to keep their children

The Rising Strong program is working to keep Spokane families together by providing a lift to parents struggling with drug addiction and other barriers.


1 in 4 pregnancies in Central Oregon is “drug affected”

The number of newborns going through drug withdrawal has increased fivefold since 2000. So, the St. Charles Center for Women’s Health in Redmond recently started a program for “drug affected” …


A Georgia mother battles opioids to win back her kids

Kim Silvers’ family had begged her to stop using opioids and heard her promise to do so, only to break that vow repeatedly. They’d cried when she abandoned them, and …