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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

Can Purdue Pharma’s opioid settlement win judge’s approval?

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says its bankruptcy filing is not a way to seek refuge but rather an effort to resolve claims against it.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 5:24 p.m.

N.Y. finds $1B in hidden transfers by family behind OxyContin

The family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves, New York’s attorney general contends in court papers filed Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 7:57 p.m.

Opioid settlement not big enough or tough enough, Washington attorney general says

Washington is not agreeing to the tentative settlement some other states have reached with Purdue Pharma over the company’s role in the opioid crisis.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 1:39 p.m.

Attorneys representing 2,000 local governments, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reportedly reach settlement

Attorney Paul Farrell says in a text message Wednesday that they have agreed to a deal in which Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue would pay up to $12 billion and have the …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Oklahoma judge rules against drugmaker, orders $572M payment

An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid drug crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help …


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Trump administration tightens opioid prescriptions for feds

The Trump administration says the government’s employee health plan will tighten its rules for covering prescription opioid painkillers starting this fall.


After pharmaceutical companies poured billions of opioid pills into Washington, rural counties try to recover

Millions of prescribed opioids poured into rural counties near Spokane from 2006 to 2012, according to recently revealed data. But while the extent of the problem is clearer, the path …


Oklahoma judge denies motion to end case against drugmaker

An Oklahoma judge decided Monday the state’s ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson can move forward, rejecting the company’s argument that the state failed to …


California sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma

California on Monday became the latest state to sue the pharmaceutical company behind the painkiller OxyContin, alleging it falsely promoted the drug as not addictive even as it emerged as …


Using meds to kick drugs: A prescription can help opioid addicts on the road to recovery

After long drug addiction, recovery from opioid use disorder is happening for some Spokane residents through medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, a method of using prescribed drugs along with counseling and …


Senate easily passes sweeping opioids’ legislation, sending to Trump

The Senate passed the final version of a sweeping opioids’ package Wednesday afternoon and will send it to the White House just in time for lawmakers to campaign on the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

New program to treat opioid withdrawal could prevent deaths at Spokane County Jail, officials say

A program launching Monday at the Spokane County Jail aims to prevent inmates from dying of opioid withdrawal.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

Spokane Valley deputy administers opioid overdose medicine to unconscious man found in basement

A Spokane Sheriff’s deputy administered opioid overdose reversing drug to an unconscious person found in a Spokane Valley home Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

Opioid addiction costs employers $2.6B a year for care

A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees’ children.


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

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.


Cutbacks to opioid prescriptions leave chronic pain patients without help

Opioid addiction is getting more attention nationally, but a Washington State University researcher says not enough is being done to help patients transition to non-opioid pain management.


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.


Lawmakers funnel millions into opioid fight

Legislature takes aim at opioid addiction with a variety of programs.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 3:03 p.m.

Overdose deaths decline in Washington

Drug overdose deaths fell last year in 14 states including Washington, according to preliminary data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Five addiction experts weigh in on future of opioid crisis. Their forecast: grim

With substance abuse already a major issue from Philadelphia to the White House this year, the Inquirer interviewed experts in five areas of addiction. Each was asked the same basic …


Ring leader in opioid trafficking scheme sentenced

A Tacoma, Washington, man accused of leading an opioid trafficking ring that brought pills from Los Angeles to Western Washington has been sentenced to five years in prison.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

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 …


Editorial: Opioid crisis needs strong action

The Trump administration hasn’t mentioned money, but it’s going to take billions. Any plans to cut Medicaid will undermine a response to the opioid crisis.


Painful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemic

A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017, traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today’s opioid epidemic by helping to convince …


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

Elephant tranquilizer makes lethal entry into opioid crisis

A substance used to tranquilize elephants that is 100 times more potent than the drug that killed Prince is presenting a new and difficult challenge in the nationwide opioid epidemic.


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:01 a.m.

Meth, often mixed with opioids, leads spike in Spokane County drug overdose deaths

Spokane police haven’t busted a methamphetamine lab in at least three years, almost the same amount of time Breaking Bad and its methamphetamine-cooking protagonist have been off the air. But …


A mother’s nightmare: Facing the harsh reality of an opioid addiction

It had been just less than three weeks since Leslee Hoover’s son had died from an opioid overdose on Jan. 27.


Opioid overdose deaths in Spokane County up 78 percent last year

The number of people dying from opioid overdoses spiked in Spokane County in 2015, new data from the Washington Department of Health shows.


Opioid epidemic enters funding debate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to keep the government funded included one below-the-radar addition: funding to combat the opioid epidemic. While senators in both parties support addressing the issue, …


Congress sends compromise drug-abuse bill to Obama

Congress sent President Barack Obama a compromise bill Wednesday aimed at curbing abuse of heroin and other drugs, a nationwide epidemic that kills more than 100 Americans every day.