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Stories tagged: drugs

A FedEx for pot? Two Spokane firms carve out niche in marijuana delivery

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board began licensing businesses transporting the state’s newest legal cash crop last fall. The owners say there are a lot of “gray laws” still in …

FDA to step up fentanyl targeting at postal facilities

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening efforts to detect opioids illegally entering the country through the mail, reflecting heightened concerns about the flood of synthetic fentanyl and similar drugs …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

Legalizing recreational marijuana could boost crash rates, safety group warns

A traffic safety organization is warning that two recent studies suggest that legalizing recreational marijuana could lead to an increase in crashes, including deadly ones.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Sen. Cory Booker pushes plan to legalize pot throughout U.S.

Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana, expunge federal marijuana convictions, and penalize states with racially disparate arrest or incarceration rates for marijuana-related crimes – a …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Puerto Rico betting on medical marijuana to help ease crisis

Jesus Aponte pushes a door open to reveal hundreds of aromatic, spiky green plants, a crop that Puerto Rico hopes will help it ease a grinding economic crisis by generating …

UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017

Trump drug commission calls for emergency declaration over opioid epidemic

President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called for him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic.

India seizes heroin worth millions of dollars

Indian coast guard authorities say they have seized a large amount of heroin from a ship off the country’s western coast.

Philippine mayor linked to drugs, 14 others killed in raids

Police in the southern Philippines said they fatally shot 15 people Sunday, including a city mayor who was among the politicians President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to illegal drugs, in …

Spokane parents of addicted teenagers decry state law that keeps them at distance

When Vanessa Schultz was released from the hospital at the end of June, it was time for her to make a decision.

UPDATED: Sat., July 29, 2017

Chicago giving departing inmates overdose-reversing drug

Chicago now gives at-risk inmates the overdose-reversing drug naloxone upon their release from jail and Los Angeles is poised to follow suit, putting the antidote in as many hands as …

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Drug fraud settlement nets Washington state $368,000

Washington state has received a small fraction of a $280 million national settlement involving a pharmaceutical company accused of committing fraud by promoting drugs for unapproved uses, including leprosy and …

Jury awards $150 million in punitive damages in testosterone case

Federal jurors in Chicago say the pharmaceutical company AbbVie should pay $150 million to an Oregon man for misrepresenting the risks of a low testosterone treatment.

As fatal overdoses rise, pioneering police effort evolves

The city is seeing more heroin overdoses today than it did two years ago when it introduced a unique amnesty program replicated by hundreds of police departments across the nation …

Mexico City sees drug-war-style violence come to the capital

Burnt-out vehicles. Road blockades. A raging gun battle between armored marines and gang members that left eight dead. Such scenes have been common in border cities like Reynosa and Nuevo …

Man accused of fleeing, ramming cop cars while high on PCP

A Washington man accused of being high on PCP when he rammed two deputies’ cars during a police chase is facing multiple felony charges.

UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017

Two men sentenced to prison more than a year after murder

A year after they watched a ruthless and meth-fueled murder in the woods, two men were sentenced to the Montana State Prison.

‘Darknet’ drug marketplaces knocked out by Justice Department

Two of the world’s most notorious “darknet” marketplaces have been knocked out in a one-two punch that officials say yielded a trove of new intelligence about drugs and weapons merchants …

UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

New Hampshire decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana

New Hampshire has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat

They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …

UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017

Safeway to pay $3 million over lax controls at pharmacies, DOJ says

The U.S. Department of Justice says the Safeway grocery store chain has agreed to pay $3 million to settle allegations of lax controls at its pharmacies.

Marijuana frenzy could end very badly in Canada

There’s one bummer question haunting all the marijuana businesses popping up between British Columbia and Newfoundland. How much do Canucks like weed, eh?

55 shot, 11 fatally, in weekend shootings in Chicago

Eleven people were killed and 44 were wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago from Friday afternoon to Monday morning, including an attack that left a 10-year-old boy dead and a …

Froma Harrop: U.S. addicted to abusive drug pricing

Consider what got Martin Shkreli in trouble with the law. Shrkeli is the infamous “pharma bro” who bought patents to lifesaving drugs then hiked their prices to obscene levels. In …

First gene therapy – ’a true living drug’ – on the cusp of FDA approval

When doctors saw the report on Bill Ludwig’s bone-marrow biopsy, they thought it was a mistake and ordered the test repeated. But the results came back the same: His lethal …

FDA approves first new drug in 20 years for sickle cell

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can’t properly …

Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released …

Marijuana sales in Nevada exceed stores’ expectations

Recreational marijuana sales have exceeded the expectations of Las Vegas area store owners, who have seen long lines outside their dispensaries since Saturday, when Nevada became the fifth state with …

Idaho sheriff’s lieutenant accused of taking drug buy money

A former lieutenant with the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office is being accused of taking money intended for undercover drug buys and is facing a felony charge.

Dozens in Colorado accused of trafficking pot outside state

A mammoth marijuana trafficking ring that pretended to be growing weed for sick people was instead illegally shipping the drug to a half-dozen other states and bilking investors, including former …

State high court orders police force to return man’s car

The Washington Supreme Court has ordered Sunnyside police to return a man’s car and nearly $6,000 in cash, saying there was insufficient evidence the property was connected to drug trafficking.