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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Members of the family that own OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma say they will push to reverse Tufts University’s decision to strip their name from campus facilities and programs


Reaching a deal in national opioids case proving difficult

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says it wants a nationwide settlement over its role in the opioids crisis, but it’s proving difficult to reach a deal


Renée Sunde: Raising costs on health care products will not solve opioid crisis

SB 5988, presumably designed to address the opioid epidemic, completely misfires at the root causes of the problem, and it threatens to increase health care and prescription drug costs across …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

Maker of OxyContin reaches $270M settlement in Oklahoma

The maker of OxyContin and the company’s controlling family agreed Tuesday to pay a groundbreaking $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the nation’s deadly opioid crisis …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018

This killer opioid could become a weapon of mass destruction

It would take only 118 pounds of fentanyl to kill 25 million people. The fatal potential of even glancing contact with fentanyl is a major reason why national security experts …


Officials: Fentanyl overdose deaths up 70 percent in state

Health officials say the number of people who died from an overdose of illicit fentanyl increased nearly 70 percent this year over last in Washington state.


Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation’s opioid epidemic.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018

Florida sues Walgreens, CVS over opioid sales

Florida is suing the nation’s two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: We’re working to combat America’s opioid crisis

One of the greatest threats to America today is the growing scourge of opioid abuse and addiction. As I travel around Eastern Washington, I hear the stories of heartbreak and …


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018

Opioid crisis: Top doctor urges access to overdose antidote

The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives.


Opioid overdoses in ERs up 30 percent as crisis worsens

Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year – the latest evidence the nation’s drug crisis is getting worse.


Another Washington county sues drugmakers over opioid crisis

Clallam County is joining more than 200 other litigants in suing opioid makers and wholesale distributors for damages over prescription opioids.


Vermont opioid deaths jump nearly 160 percent, report shows

Deaths from opioid-related overdoses jumped nearly 160 percent in Vermont between 2010 and 2016 and continue to rise while more than half of the 266 young children in state custody …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

Counterfeit opioid pills are tricking users – sometimes with lethal results

Although they looked like the prescription painkillers at first glance, the pills they took were nothing like what they expected. They were fakes, an amalgam of substances – including one …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

Christie denies making remark about Trump, opioid crisis

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is denying a published report that he said Donald Trump’s “presidency is over” if he doesn’t recognize the seriousness of the opioid crisis.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee

President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation’s drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017

Melania Trump tours West Virginia infant drug rehab center

First lady Melania Trump has toured a West Virginia drug addiction recovery center for infants in the heart of the nation’s opioid epidemic.


Editorial: Opioid addiction is a clear, present danger

No state has been immune to the opioid crisis. In 2015, 718 Washingtonians and 218 Idahoans died from drug overdoses. The numbers keep rising.


UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017

In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose

Carfentanil and fentanyl are driving forces in the most deadly drug epidemic the United States has ever seen. Because of their potency, it’s not just addicts who are increasingly at …