Stories tagged: opioids
UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Spokane dentist sentenced to home confinement after improperly prescribing thousands of opioid pills
A longtime Spokane dentist, who faced years in federal prison, was instead sentenced Monday to 15 months of home confinement and three years probation for his part in a drug …
UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 7:29 p.m.
Last week’s revelation that drug companies saturated the United States with 76 billion pain pills over seven years shows that no corner of the country escaped the drug crisis.
UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 6:19 p.m.
Brianna McCabe, 24, spent the past year in a jail cell after an arrest on drug charges. Amid skyrocketing opioid use on the Palouse, she says her time behind bars …
UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 9:03 p.m.
Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, was among the many drugs confiscated during arrests of
UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
Spokane City Council unanimously voted to ask the city’s legal department to explore suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.
Fri., May 10, 2019
Anne Hazlett and Kirk Pearson: Defeating the drug crisis in rural America: Building healthy communities in Washington
From Washington to Maine, our country is in the midst of a drug crisis. To help local leaders build a bright and healthy future, the Trump administration has deployed an …
UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 8:29 p.m.
The former head of a drug distributor has been indicted on what federal prosecutors say are the first-ever criminal charges against a drug company executive stemming from the opioid crisis.
UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 8:09 p.m.
Federal authorities said Wednesday they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills containing opioids and other dangerous drugs.
Wed., March 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m.
As the nation’s opioid crisis has devastated thousands of families, it also has taken a crippling financial toll on cities, small towns and counties around the country.
UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 6:39 p.m.
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is asking a Massachusetts court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of …
Thu., Feb. 28, 2019
As Washington state moves to address the opioid crisis, prescribers must lead locally
Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 5:46 p.m.
The top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia has filed suit to stop a nonprofit from opening a first-in-the-nation supervised drug injection site to address the city’s opioid problem.
Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 1:08 p.m.
Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.
Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 5 a.m.
Julia Roberts gives one of her most sensitive and searching performances yet, and her face is her most expressive tool – her wide grin at the sight of her son, …
Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Too often people die of an opioid overdose because no one’s around to notice they’re in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure …
Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 2:18 p.m.
When President Donald Trump makes his case tonight that there really is a border crisis, he’ll likely mention the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, which killed thousands of Americans …
Sun., Jan. 6, 2019
Derek Batton had pretty much beaten a heroin addiction by the time he was booked into the Grant County Jail, according to his family. Inside, though, things took a turn …
Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 3 a.m.
In 2017, more than four times the number of people were treated at Spokane hospitals as a result of amphetamine-related conditions compared with 2008, according to the Spokane Regional Health …
Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 12:22 p.m.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful new opioid Friday for use in health care settings, rejecting criticism from some of its own advisors that it would inevitably be …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. …
Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 11:31 a.m.
The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning it’s …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:44 p.m.
Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first …
Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 2:07 p.m.
A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.
Sun., Sept. 2, 2018
Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown give stances on marijuana, opioid addiction treatment and drugs
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has softened her stance somewhat on the legalization of marijuana, six years after Washington state voters approved the creation of a recreational market for the drug. …
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to …
Sun., July 29, 2018, 1 p.m.
Boise police started tracking opioid-related arrests in November 2016, after a case Officer Terry Weir remembers well.
Fri., July 27, 2018, 1:38 p.m.
A federal judge has ruled that state and local governments cannot publicize federal government data about where prescription opioids were distributed – a blow to news organizations seeking to report …
UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 3:44 p.m.
Chronic pain patients caught in the complexities and controversies as opioid epidemic draws tighter scrutiny of prescription policies.
Mon., July 23, 2018, 1:25 p.m.
Treasure Valley leaders Monday announced a six-goal plan to combat Idaho’s opioid crisis through 2021.
UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 8:01 p.m.
Franklin County has joined a list of government agencies throughout the country filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors for creating what they describe as “the worst man-made epidemic in …