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Follow the science on addiction, treatment

Often support for addicts doesn’t start until they land in jail or a hospital bed. That’s a sure sign of a failed system.


Drugs, despair and waning hope: A girl’s struggle with addiction leaves a family wondering what’s next

The call woke Kevin Schultz at 6:15 a.m. on May 6. It was a sheriff’s deputy. He’d picked up Schultz’s 17-year-old adopted daughter Vanessa during a traffic stop near Nine …


UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017

Drug gang takes aim at police officers amid coca crackdown

Colombia’s largest illegal organization, the Gulf Clan, has distributed leaflets that call for killing police, and police intelligence officials say the gang members are offering would-be assassins up to $600 …


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017

Spokane Valley detectives arrest 2 men accused of drugs, weapons violations

Spokane Valley Police detectives breached a Spokane Valley hotel room last week and booked two men into jail after seizing multiple guns and several ounces of drugs.


In leaked call, Trump praises Duterte’s campaign to ‘slaughter’ drug addicts

First, Trump praised Duterte for his deadly and controversial war on drugs in remarks that stunned White House aids and human rights experts. In a private call on April 29, …


Vermont governor vetoes bill legalizing recreational pot

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is vetoing a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state and is sending it back to the legislature with suggestions for changes.


Everett counters OxyContin maker’s call to have lawsuit tossed

The city of Everett is firing back at the multibillion-dollar producer of the prescription drug OxyContin.


California legalization lets pot convictions go up in smoke

Jay Schlauch’s conviction for peddling pot haunted him for nearly a quarter century. The felony prevented him from landing jobs, gave his wife doubts about tying the knot and cast …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017

Man arrested with drugs, handgun in possession after leading police on foot chase near North Central High School

A man with a loaded handgun in his waistband and drugs in his possession was arrested after a brief foot chase with police early Sunday morning.


A new meth surge gathers momentum

The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years and driven major reforms in state and local law enforcement and public health policies for people with …


UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017

Drunk and stoned boaters will be targeted by patrols this summer

State and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces this summer to identify people boating under the influence.


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Volunteers needed to smoke pot for science

Researchers at Washington State University need volunteers for a study to develop a breathalyzer for pot.


Tillerson puts onus of drug trafficking crisis on consumption by Americans

On Thursday, the top U.S. diplomat said the root of the deadly drug trafficking crisis killing thousands of people on both sides of the border was American drug habits.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

MS-13 gang targeted in pre-dawn sweep across Los Angeles

Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement fanned out across Los Angeles in pre-dawn sweeps, serving arrest and search warrants as part of a three-year investigation into the ultra-violent street …


With tough sentencing policy, Attorney General Sessions pledges redoubled war on drugs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is promising to renew the federal government’s war on drugs, saying tough new sentencing policies are necessary to combat what he described as a surge of …


Pot bust lands Tacoma man in North Dakota jail

Sheriff’s deputies in North Dakota have arrested a Tacoma, Washington, man with 13 pounds of marijuana in the back of his car.


Getting tough on crime: Sessions tells prosecutors to push for harsher punishments

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to …


Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in U.S.

The heroin epidemic is driving up hepatitis C infections, with the biggest increase in people in their 20s, U.S. health officials said Thursday.


Johnson & Johnson settles Oregon suit over Motrin buyback

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay Oregon more than $400,000 to settle a lawsuit over a nearly decade-old buyback of defective Motrin pills.


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017

Fentanyl-related deaths on the rise in Washington, officials say

The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in the state last year,


Tacoma considers suing opioid makers in homelessness fight

The city of Tacoma is considering suing the manufacturers of opioids such as OxyContin in its fight against homelessness.


Oregon man sentenced to 17 years for trafficking meth

A federal judge has sentenced an Oregon drug trafficker to 17 years in federal prison.


Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many U.S. drugs

Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found.


Mexico now world’s deadliest conflict zone after Syria, survey finds

Mexico has surpassed Iraq and Afghanistan to become the world’s second-most deadly conflict zone after Syria, according to a study of wars around the globe.


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017

Feds: Seattle police officer helped run marijuana to Baltimore

A Seattle police officer has been charged with helping smuggle hundreds of pounds of marijuana to Baltimore.


Burlington motel’s meth contamination sparks new law

A new state law will take effect July 23 that will allow local governments to evict residents from contaminated buildings.


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017

Death toll in Mexico border drug violence rises to 12

Gunbattles between rival drug gangs in the Mexican border city of Reynosa have left 12 people dead, authorities say.


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017

’Gray death’ is latest opioid street mix causing worry

It’s being called “gray death” – a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis.


Idaho business defends plan to sell marijuana extract oil

A small-business owner in southwestern Idaho says he plans to sell oil extracted from marijuana despite operating in a state with strict drug laws.


Montana man gets 5 years on Idaho marijuana charge

A Montana man has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing about a pound of marijuana in Idaho.