Stories tagged: opioid
UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 12:33 p.m.
The Trump administration says the government’s employee health plan will tighten its rules for covering prescription opioid painkillers starting this fall.
Sun., July 28, 2019
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 …
Mon., July 8, 2019, 5:37 p.m.
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 …
Mon., June 3, 2019, 12:50 p.m.
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 …
Wed., April 17, 2019, 5 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tue., March 20, 2018, 6 a.m.
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.
Tue., March 6, 2018, 11:57 a.m.
Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year – the latest evidence the nation’s drug crisis is getting worse.
Sun., March 4, 2018
Legislature takes aim at opioid addiction with a variety of programs.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 3:03 p.m.
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.
Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
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.
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 …
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
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.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
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.
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.
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 …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 7 a.m.
It had been just less than three weeks since Leslee Hoover’s son had died from an opioid overdose on Jan. 27.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 12:57 p.m.
The number of people dying from opioid overdoses spiked in Spokane County in 2015, new data from the Washington Department of Health shows.
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
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, …
Wed., July 13, 2016, 4:49 p.m.
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.
Thu., June 2, 2016, 4 p.m.
A drug that can reverse potentially fatal opioid overdoses will soon be available to anyone in Washington and Idaho without a prescription.
Thu., June 2, 2016, 2:34 p.m.
Prince joins a list of other stars, including Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, whose lives ended with an overdose.
Thu., May 26, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
Federal health officials have approved an innovative new option for Americans addicted to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 1:52 p.m.
A new weapon to fight heroin and painkiller addiction could be on the way – an implant that goes in a recovering addict’s arm to deliver a drug that quells …
Fri., March 11, 2016, 2:14 p.m.
Sen. Patty Murray says eight health centers across Washington state will receive a total of $2.8 million in grants to help fight opioid abuse and addiction.