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Stories tagged: drugs

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.

Whitman County traffic stop results in discovery of alleged mobile meth lab, arrest of Spokane residents

A routine traffic stop just outside of Garfield on Sunday morning resulted in the arrests of a man and a woman after the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office allegedly discovered the …

Dad laced drinks with drugs, daughter dies of overdose, DA says

A prosecutor says a man accused of killing his 15-month-old daughter by a methadone overdose sometimes mixed his drugs into drinks such as Capri Sun.

Legalized marijuana is making it harder for police to search your car

After the states legalized pot, traffic searches declined sharply across the board.

Feds don’t need warrant to subpoena Oregon drug data

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency doesn’t need a court order to subpoena a prescription drug database kept by the state of Oregon.

Nevada’s on-again, off-again marijuana sales back on

Nevada’s marijuana regulators may have found a way around a judge’s order that threatens to block the state’s first recreational pot sales scheduled to begin next month.

Oklahoma doctor charged in opioid deaths of 5 patients

An Oklahoma doctor has been charged with second-degree murder in the overdose deaths of at least five patients from the powerful painkillers and other drugs she had prescribed them.

Insurance study ties legal pot to boost in car crash claims

A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.

1,600 marijuana plants worth $1.6 million seized from house

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office discovered $1.6 million worth of illegal marijuana at a Washington house while checking on a domestic dispute report.

Florida doctor, 84, accused of illegally distributing pills

Authorities say an 84-year-old Florida doctor is accused of illegally distributing $10 million worth of pain pill prescriptions.

UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017

Man suspected in beating death of 2-year-old girl tells jurors he’s innocent

Jason Obermiller, the man suspected of beating a 2-year-old girl to death on Spokane’s South Hill last summer, told jurors Monday he did not kill his ex-girlfriend’s daughter.

Coroner releases results of Carrie Fisher death inquiry

Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors, but they could not conclusively determine what caused her death, coroner’s officials said Friday.

Cosby jury seeks to understand ‘reasonable doubt’ as deliberations in sexual assault trial extend to fifth day

After percolating out of sight, the subject of a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case burst into open court Friday.

UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Border officers find more than 53 pounds of meth in vehicle

Authorities say U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered seven packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 53 pounds at the border in Blaine, Washington.

Jeff Sessions asked Congress to let him prosecute medical marijuana providers

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking congressional leaders to undo federal medical marijuana protections that have been in place since 2014, according to a May letter that became public Monday.

Nevada judge mulls suit over July 1 recreational pot startup

A judge in Nevada is trying to decide whether the state’s first sales of recreational marijuana should begin as scheduled July 1 despite complaints from alcohol distributors.

Mother testifies in trial of ex-boyfriend accused of killing her child

Before her 2-year-old daughter was beaten to death, Lovina Rainey found herself apologizing to the murder suspect, her boyfriend, for involving him in a complicated drug deal.

UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017

Child found ‘shivering, cold to the touch’ on the side of the road in Hayden, Idaho Saturday morning

A small child who wandered out of his father’s apartment was found on the side of the road in Hayden, Idaho early Saturday morning dressed only in pajamas and without …

Thai police seize 1.2 million methamphetamine tablets

Thai police said Monday they have seized more than 1 million methamphetamine tablets this month, as trade in the illicit drug shows little sign of abating.

High court ruling speeds up generic biotech drug approval

The Supreme Court is speeding up the time for generic biotech drugs to become available to the public. The court’s unanimous ruling Monday means a loss of billions in sales …

Alleged Italian mobster-drug kingpin detained in Brazil

A fugitive ‘ndrangheta Italian crime clan boss, accused of international drug trafficking, was taken into custody at a Brazil airport, authorities said Saturday.

UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017

Bill Cosby’s accuser stands by her story under cross-examination

The woman who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and violating her more than a decade ago stood by her story at his sex-crimes trial Wednesday, withstanding hours of often tedious …

DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks in drug fight

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday warned of a new problem presented by the nation’s drug abuse epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing.

Heroin dealer who delivered fatal dose gets prison time

A 28-year-old woman who sold a fatal dose of heroin to another woman in 2015 has been sentenced to over three years in prison.

UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017

Drug cops: Employees sold more than pizza at Papa John’s in Sammamish

Five employees at a western Washington state pizza restaurant police say were selling drugs in the parking lot have been arrested.