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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.

Opiate treatment center opening soon in Nampa

Raise the Bottom, a Boise-based non-residential opiate treatment center, is expanding to Nampa.

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Doctor sentenced to prison for writing illegal prescriptions

An Idaho physician who was found guilty of more than 60 counts of illegally dispensing opiates will serve 16 years in prison, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Legal marijuana leads to less opiate use in Colorado, study finds

Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health.

UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Democrats, Sen. Murray take Trump to task for handling of opioid crisis

A group of Democratic Senators, including Patty Murray, D-Wash., accused the Trump administration of delaying much-needed action to fight opioid addiction in a

UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017

Investigation of Trump’s charity wins Pulitzer Prize

The biggest U.S. news story of 2016 – the tumultuous presidential campaign – yielded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for the Washington Post reporter who not only raised doubts about …

Nurse practitioner suspended over prescribing and using opiates

The Montana Board of Nursing has suspended the license of a nurse practitioner after he acknowledged prescribing large amounts of oxycodone to a patient which the two then shared.

With opioid deaths on the rise, Spokane County expands methadone treatment program

Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.

Suboxone use in the ER rare, but could help opiate addicts begin long-term treatment

A doctor at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center launched a study this summer to give opiate addicts Suboxone before they left the hospital ER. The approach has been shown in …

Health spending for opioid treatment up more than 1,300 percent over 4 years, study says

The nation’s ongoing opioid problem comes with staggering physical and emotional costs to patients and families. But the dollar cost to the health system has been harder to peg. Now …

‘Heroin rush hour’: It’s what cops call car full of people in PJs

“Heroin rush hour” has some telltale signs in northern Kentucky, like a car filled with people in their pajamas around 9 or 10 a.m. That’s what police in Fort Thomas …

Senate approves bipartisan bill bolstering anti-drug efforts

The Senate paused Thursday from its nasty partisan clash over the Supreme Court vacancy and easily approved election-year legislation reinforcing government efforts against heroin and the abuse of opioid painkillers.

OxyContin ringleader gets 50-year prison sentence

The ringleader of a drug trafficking operation that brought thousands of illicit painkillers from California to Spokane over several years was sentenced to 50 years in prison last month.

Hydrocodone restrictions wanted by FDA

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in …