Stories tagged: opioids
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 …
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 4:49 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 5:51 a.m.
Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 5:37 a.m.
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, …
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 7:41 a.m.
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 …
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 6:16 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Dec. 10, 2016, 9:42 a.m.
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 …
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 12:44 p.m.
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.