Stories tagged: opioids
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Sen. Maria Cantwell calls for heavier penalties on drugmakers who fail to keep opioids off the street
Sen. Maria Cantwell
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 3:40 p.m.
The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, a surprise reversal following lawsuits that blamed the company for helping trigger the current …
Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 6 a.m.
Tami Cleveland was terrified as she drove to her parents’ house in Veradale on a September evening in 2012. Her stepmother, Beth, who suffered from debilitating migraines, hadn’t answered her …
Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 3:48 p.m.
Congressional investigators said Wednesday that Chinese opioid manufacturers are exploiting weak screening at the U.S. Postal Service to ship large quantities of illegal drugs to American dealers.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 2:28 p.m.
Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.
Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 9:30 p.m.
Vancouver nurse practitioner Kelly Bell prescribed more than $1.5 million worth of OxyContin in a six-month span in 2008 – months before federal agents raided the Payette Clinic, according to …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 1, 2018, 6:42 p.m.
The city of Everett likely will face a longer, slower path as it attempts to prove that the maker of the powerful pain medication OxyContin chased profits while knowingly supplying …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
The department is providing a trove of data to the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, which draws together authorities in 12 regions across the country, that shows which doctors …
Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
The United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source …
Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
Deaths from opioid-related overdoses jumped nearly 160 percent in Vermont between 2010 and 2016 and continue to rise while more than half of the 266 young children in state custody …
Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 2:02 p.m.
Kim Silvers’ family had begged her to stop using opioids and heard her promise to do so, only to break that vow repeatedly. They’d cried when she abandoned them, and …
Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
A pharmaceutical company founder accused of leading a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid pain medication will fight the charges against him and believes he will be …
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 3:43 p.m.
President Donald Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis is calling for more drug courts, more training for doctors and penalties for insurers that dodge covering addiction treatment.
Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 9:22 p.m.
While declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency Thursday, President Donald Trump said: “Nobody has seen anything like what’s going on now.” He was right, and he was …
Sat., Oct. 28, 2017
Headlines on the dangers of high-powered opioids are all over the news this week, with scary stories of people who started with a legal prescription and ended seeking illegal heroin. …
Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 7:28 a.m.
In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump has pledged that “we will overcome addiction in America,” declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
In an effort to curb addiction to prescription drugs, Washington’s Health Care Authority will limit the quantity of opioids that doctors can prescribe to Medicaid patients starting Nov. 1.
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 8:49 a.m.
The nation’s deepening opioid epidemic is hitting Georgia harder than most states, experts say.
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017
By the time the law passed last year, about 200,000 Americans had lost their lives due to opioid overdoses.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 9:22 p.m.
The Food and Drug Administration has targeted more than 500 websites it said were illegally selling unapproved versions of prescription medications, including opioids, antibiotics and injectable epinephrine products, the agency …
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
The city of Seattle wants to join a lawsuit to challenge a King County initiative that would ban safe injection sites for drug users.
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 6:29 a.m.
Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
After the makers of the prescription opioid OxyContin filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them, lawyers for the city of Everett are expected in U.S. District Court Monday …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 6:46 p.m.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths “the top lethal issue” in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to “create and foster a culture …
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017
No state has been immune to the opioid crisis. In 2015, 718 Washingtonians and 218 Idahoans died from drug overdoses. The numbers keep rising.
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 9:59 a.m.
President Donald Trump’s declaration Thursday that opioid overdose deaths are a public health emergency was low on specifics, but Washington’s top public health official said the order could bring needed …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
President Donald Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a “national emergency.”
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 6:09 a.m.
President Donald Trump took on the opioid drug epidemic Tuesday, pledging that “we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win.”