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‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat

They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

Safeway to pay $3 million over lax controls at pharmacies, DOJ says

The U.S. Department of Justice says the Safeway grocery store chain has agreed to pay $3 million to settle allegations of lax controls at its pharmacies.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 8 p.m.

Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers

An expert panel of scientists says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, …


Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released …


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

GOP may keep some Obama tax increases to save health bill

Senate Republican leaders considered keeping one of former President Barack Obama’s big tax increases on wealthier Americans and using the money to fatten proposed subsidies for the poor in a …


Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal “Obamacare” also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects …


Oklahoma doctor charged in opioid deaths of 5 patients

An Oklahoma doctor has been charged with second-degree murder in the overdose deaths of at least five patients from the powerful painkillers and other drugs she had prescribed them.


Florida doctor, 84, accused of illegally distributing pills

Authorities say an 84-year-old Florida doctor is accused of illegally distributing $10 million worth of pain pill prescriptions.


GOP’s health care rollback collides with the opioid epidemic

The Republican campaign to roll back former President Barack Obama’s heath care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic.


Froma Harrop: Hurts to watch inaction on opioid crisis

President Trump pledged to end America’s “terrible drug epidemic.” What his administration has done about it so far is useless or worse.


DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks in drug fight

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday warned of a new problem presented by the nation’s drug abuse epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing.


Health officials vow to develop drugs to curb the opioid epidemic

Top federal health officials said Wednesday that they will launch a joint effort with pharmaceutical companies to accelerate the development of drugs aimed at helping to curb the U.S. opioid …


Tacoma considers suing opioid makers in homelessness fight

The city of Tacoma is considering suing the manufacturers of opioids such as OxyContin in its fight against homelessness.


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:12 p.m.

’Gray death’ is latest opioid street mix causing worry

It’s being called “gray death” – a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis.


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy has been removed by the Trump administration and replaced temporarily by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams.


Cherokee Nation sues drug firms, retailers for flooding communities with opioids

Lawyers for the Cherokee Nation opened a new line of attack against the pharmaceutical industry Thursday, filing a lawsuit in tribal court that accuses the nation’s six top drug distributors …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 12:02 p.m.

Colleges can get free doses of naloxone for students overdosing on heroin and other opioids

Colleges will be able to get several free doses of a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, a sign of the widening impact of the deadly epidemic and increased efforts …


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 5:29 p.m.

Workers’ comp programs fight addiction among injured workers

Meet a victim of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers’ compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Opioids contributed to deaths of three WSU students

Overdoses involving opioid drugs killed three Washington State University students in the closing months of 2016. All three were men in their 20s.


America’s heroin epidemic starts in Mexico

America faces its worst drug crisis in decades, with heroin and opioid use tripling since 2010. As various federal agencies roll out their annual strategy reports, the government declared that-as …


Bill designed to combat heroin abuse dies in Idaho House

The Idaho House has spiked a proposal designed to combat opioid addiction.


Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?

After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among …


Sharp increase in missing drugs at some VA hospitals

Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees …


With opioid deaths on the rise, Spokane County expands methadone treatment program

Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.


Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains, study finds

A new study by Harvard Medical School and New York University shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, …


Schools reach beyond ‘Just Say No’ on opioid dangers

Schools are going beyond “Just Say No” as they teach students as young as kindergartners about the dangers of opioids in the hope that they don’t later become part of …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

Costco agrees to pay $11.75 million over federal allegations that it improperly filled prescriptions

As part of a federal investigation that started in Spokane, Costco Wholesale has agreed to pay $11.75 million in civil fines to settle federal allegations that it improperly filled prescriptions …


As opioid abuse widens, drugmakers push new (unproven) alternatives

Pilloried for their role in the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, drugmakers are aggressively pushing their remedy to the problem: a new generation of harder-to-manipulate opioids that have racked up …


One-third of long-term users say they’re hooked on prescription opioids

One-third of Americans who have taken prescription opioids for at least two months say they became addicted to, or physically dependent on, the powerful painkillers, according to a new Washington …


Relationship between sleep and pain part of WSU study

Washington State University will take part in a study on the relationship between sleep and chronic pain, part of a nationwide effort to stem the abuse of opioid pain relievers.