Stories tagged: opioids
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.”
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.
President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called for him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic.
Sun., July 23, 2017, 7 a.m.
It’s about a mile along Division Street from Dr. Matt Layton’s office on the Washington State University medical campus in Spokane to the nearest recreational marijuana store.
Wed., July 19, 2017, 5:22 a.m.
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.
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.
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, …
Thu., July 6, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
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.
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 …
Wed., June 28, 2017, 6:35 a.m.
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 …
Fri., June 23, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
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.
Thu., June 22, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Authorities say an 84-year-old Florida doctor is accused of illegally distributing $10 million worth of pain pill prescriptions.
Tue., June 20, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
The Republican campaign to roll back former President Barack Obama’s heath care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic.
Sat., June 17, 2017
President Trump pledged to end America’s “terrible drug epidemic.” What his administration has done about it so far is useless or worse.
Wed., June 7, 2017, 5:58 a.m.
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.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:18 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
Thu., April 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
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 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.
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.
Overdoses involving opioid drugs killed three Washington State University students in the closing months of 2016. All three were men in their 20s.
Fri., March 3, 2017, 2:36 p.m.
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 …
Thu., March 2, 2017, 12:40 p.m.
The Idaho House has spiked a proposal designed to combat opioid addiction.
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 4:58 a.m.
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 …