Stories tagged: opioids
UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
Drug overdoses fell in Spokane County in 2017, in yet another sign the trend of opioid-related deaths may be reversing in Washington.
UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 5:44 p.m.
As communities debate trying to stem overdose deaths by allowing safe havens for people to take heroin and other narcotics, places like a Brooklyn needle exchange program are quietly providing …
UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 10:34 p.m.
Opioid prescription rates and diagnoses of opioid addiction are declining nationally and in Washington, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield released Thursday.
Wed., June 20, 2018
Dr. Bryan McLelland: The first step in combating the epidemic: limiting opioids in the doctor’s office
The opioid epidemic has crept into every corner of our country – from major cities to rural towns – and Washington state is no exception. In fact, in 2016 alone, …
Fri., June 8, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Seattle officials say they are moving forward with plans for a safe drug-injection site in the city.
UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 7:33 p.m.
In a novel case that could have national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued a county sheriff’s office to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal …
UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 1:42 p.m.
Two more federal prosecutors will soon begin taking cases in Idaho to help combat violent crime and the opioid epidemic in the state, in the wake of an announcement by …
UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 2:51 p.m.
Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of antibiotics and the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels.
UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:40 p.m.
An Idaho tribe has joined a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
Tue., May 22, 2018, 8:48 a.m.
The Nez Perce Tribe has joined a multi-district lawsuit targeting opioid manufacturers and distributors.
Mon., May 21, 2018, 4:47 p.m.
An Everett man is accused of holding down his ex-girlfriend at a Mukilteo hotel, shoving Xanax down her throat and forcing a fentanyl spray up her nose in what police …
UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 9:29 p.m.
Dozens of California counties are suing drugmakers and pharmacy chains that officials say created a public nuisance by manufacturing and distributing prescription painkillers they say contributed to the deaths of …
Tue., May 8, 2018, 9:22 p.m.
Top executives of the nation’s leading wholesale drug distributors told Congress under oath Tuesday that their companies didn’t help cause the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, drawing bipartisan wrath that included …
Thu., May 3, 2018, 12:05 p.m.
One Treasure Valley doctor is joining the national fight against the opioid epidemic by using a different, stronger anesthetic during oral surgeries, which has allowed him to reduce opioid prescriptions …
UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 5:42 p.m.
Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to …
UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Ronny Jackson had a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out a large supply of a prescription opioid …
UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:33 p.m.
Opioid addiction and overdoses cost Washington $9.2 billion in 2016, according to a report by Senator Patty Murray’s office released Monday.
Thu., April 19, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions …
UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 10:04 p.m.
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to pursue a lawsuit alleging opioid manufacturers lied about the addictive nature of the prescription drug to doctors and patients.
Tue., April 17, 2018, 6 a.m.
Spokane County is considering joining a nationwide lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers alleging the companies knowingly lied about the addictive potential of powerful painkillers.
UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 11:50 a.m.
“The Opioid Epidemic” will be presented April 19 by Dr. David Tauben, pain medicine expert and University of Washington School of Medicine professor
Fri., April 6, 2018, 3:29 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for the federal government to confront the opioid addiction crisis like it ultimately attacked the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.
Mon., March 26, 2018, 7:20 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS – A toxicology report from Prince’s autopsy, obtained Monday by the Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body …
UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 11:27 p.m.
President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official …
UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 9:35 p.m.
Hundreds of communities in the U.S. are suing the makers and distributors of opioid painkillers, arguing that the companies should help pay the enormous costs of the deadliest drug epidemic …
Sun., March 18, 2018
Rarely a day goes by without news reports on the impact of opioids on individuals, families and communities. The Spokesman-Review’s article published Sunday, Feb. 4, “Washington nurses, health care workers …
UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 3:45 p.m.
Five New York City doctors were arrested Friday on charges they accepted bribes and kickbacks from an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company to prescribe large volumes of a highly addictive painkiller.
UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 9:11 p.m.
A bill to combat the opioid epidemic with a comprehensive strategy died without a vote in the Senate as time ran out on the final day of the session. But …
Tue., March 6, 2018, 4:50 p.m.
The Port Gamble S’Klallam, Suquamish and the Jamestown S’Klallam tribes have a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors claiming the companies flooded their reservations with deadly opioids.
UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Melania Trump says many people are grieving after losing loved ones to the opioid crisis and is telling a White House summit “we need to change that.”