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Spokane City Council agrees to pursue legal action against manufacturers of opioid painkillers

Lawmakers asked the city’s legal team last year to explore litigation against the makers of OxyContin and other prescription painkillers, cited as the major source of the country’s opioid crisis. …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019

UC Davis researchers develop breath test for opioids — and aim to make it smaller, faster

Cristina Davis, chair of UC Davis’ Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said that she has been working with Drs. Michael Schivo and Nicholas Kenyon for about 15 years to …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019

Watchdog finds DEA was ‘slow to respond’ to opioid epidemic

The Drug Enforcement Administration was “slow to respond” as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Tuesday that faulted the agency …


Robert Rust, M.D.: Nuanced approach is needed for pain care

A recent article in The Spokesman-Review seems to blame physicians for overprescribing medication.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Opioid overdose reversal drug made available statewide without a prescription

Naloxone, the drug that can prevent overdose deaths from opioids, will be available to Washingtonians and organizations at pharmacies statewide after the state issued a standing order Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

Spokane dentist accused of prescribing sister opioids, taking them himself

After Washington State Patrol arrested Nicholas Harker, 36, for driving under the influence in May and found a nearly half empty hydrocodone acetaminophen pill bottle prescribed for his sister, detectives …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

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

Biggest civil trial in U.S. history will start with Ohio counties

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

Arrest helps Whitman County woman fight meth, heroin addiction that started at 14

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

Grant County sheriff’s deputies seize fentanyl at Paradiso Festival in Gorge

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

Spokane City Council votes to explore suing opioid makers, distributors

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.


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

Indictment: Ex-CEO ignored red flags as opioid crisis raged

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

60 people charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown

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.


Local jurisdictions pay the price for nation’s opioid crisis

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

OxyContin maker: Lawsuit distorts facts, scapegoats company

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 …


Nicole Perea: As Washington state moves to address the opioid crisis, prescribers must lead locally

As Washington state moves to address the opioid crisis, prescribers must lead locally


U.S. attorney in Philadelphia sues over safe injection site

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.


Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect

Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.


Review: ‘Ben Is Back’ exquisitely devastating family story for the opiate era

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, …


Experimental app might spot drug overdoses in time to help

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 …


Border wall won’t keep opioids out of U.S.

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 …


His family says he stopped using heroin. Then he relapsed in the Grant County Jail.

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 …


Amphetamine hospitalizations increasing every year in Spokane, rivaling opioids

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 …


FDA approves a powerful new opioid amid criticism

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

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to U.S.

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. …


U.S. health chief says overdose deaths beginning to level off

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

New U.S. survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

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 …


Report: Fentanyl deaths in Alaska quadrupled in 2017

A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.


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. …