Stories tagged: opioids
UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is challenging the millions who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction and threatening America’s progress against the opioid crisis.
Thu., March 5, 2020
An estimated 2.1 million people currently suffer from opioid use disorder nationwide. In Spokane County, rates of opioid overdose rank higher than the statewide average. Two decades into this crisis, …
Sat., Jan. 11, 2020
While the political circus drags on inside the Beltway, Congress is sitting on critical legislation needed to deal with the deadliest opioid fueling the nation’s drug overdose crisis. During the …
Thu., Dec. 12, 2019
Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019
Spokane dentist Dr. Nicholas Harker, 36, who is accused of fraudulently prescribing his sister opioids and taking them himself, had a February trial date set in Spokane Superior Court Wednesday, …
Tue., Oct. 8, 2019
Lawmakers asked the city’s legal team last year to explore litigation against the makers of OxyContin and other prescription painkillers, cited as the major source of the country’s opioid crisis. …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019
Cristina Davis, chair of UC Davis’ Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said that she has been working with Drs. Michael Schivo and Nicholas Kenyon for about 15 years to …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019
The Drug Enforcement Administration was “slow to respond” as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Tuesday that faulted the agency …
Tue., Sept. 10, 2019
A recent article in The Spokesman-Review seems to blame physicians for overprescribing medication.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019
Naloxone, the drug that can prevent overdose deaths from opioids, will be available to Washingtonians and organizations at pharmacies statewide after the state issued a standing order Wednesday.
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019
After Washington State Patrol arrested Nicholas Harker, 36, for driving under the influence in May and found a nearly half empty hydrocodone acetaminophen pill bottle prescribed for his sister, detectives …
UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019
Spokane dentist sentenced to home confinement after improperly prescribing thousands of opioid pills
A longtime Spokane dentist, who faced years in federal prison, was instead sentenced Monday to 15 months of home confinement and three years probation for his part in a drug …
UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019
Last week’s revelation that drug companies saturated the United States with 76 billion pain pills over seven years shows that no corner of the country escaped the drug crisis.
UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019
Brianna McCabe, 24, spent the past year in a jail cell after an arrest on drug charges. Amid skyrocketing opioid use on the Palouse, she says her time behind bars …
UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019
Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, was among the many drugs confiscated during arrests of
UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019
Spokane City Council unanimously voted to ask the city’s legal department to explore suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.
Fri., May 10, 2019
Anne Hazlett and Kirk Pearson: Defeating the drug crisis in rural America: Building healthy communities in Washington
From Washington to Maine, our country is in the midst of a drug crisis. To help local leaders build a bright and healthy future, the Trump administration has deployed an …
UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019
The former head of a drug distributor has been indicted on what federal prosecutors say are the first-ever criminal charges against a drug company executive stemming from the opioid crisis.
UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019
Federal authorities said Wednesday they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills containing opioids and other dangerous drugs.
Wed., March 27, 2019
As the nation’s opioid crisis has devastated thousands of families, it also has taken a crippling financial toll on cities, small towns and counties around the country.
UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is asking a Massachusetts court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of …
Thu., Feb. 28, 2019
As Washington state moves to address the opioid crisis, prescribers must lead locally
Wed., Feb. 6, 2019
The top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia has filed suit to stop a nonprofit from opening a first-in-the-nation supervised drug injection site to address the city’s opioid problem.
Thu., Jan. 17, 2019
Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.
Thu., Jan. 10, 2019
Julia Roberts gives one of her most sensitive and searching performances yet, and her face is her most expressive tool – her wide grin at the sight of her son, …
Wed., Jan. 9, 2019
Too often people die of an opioid overdose because no one’s around to notice they’re in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure …
Tue., Jan. 8, 2019
When President Donald Trump makes his case tonight that there really is a border crisis, he’ll likely mention the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, which killed thousands of Americans …
Sun., Jan. 6, 2019
Derek Batton had pretty much beaten a heroin addiction by the time he was booked into the Grant County Jail, according to his family. Inside, though, things took a turn …
Wed., Dec. 26, 2018
In 2017, more than four times the number of people were treated at Spokane hospitals as a result of amphetamine-related conditions compared with 2008, according to the Spokane Regional Health …
Fri., Nov. 2, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful new opioid Friday for use in health care settings, rejecting criticism from some of its own advisors that it would inevitably be …