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Officials: Fentanyl overdose deaths up 70 percent in state

Health officials say the number of people who died from an overdose of illicit fentanyl increased nearly 70 percent this year over last in Washington state.


Opioid overdoses in ERs up 30 percent as crisis worsens

Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year – the latest evidence the nation’s drug crisis is getting worse.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 12:24 p.m.

Montana doctor found guilty in overdose deaths of 2 patients

A western Montana pain doctor was found guilty Monday of 22 felonies, including two counts of negligent homicide for the overdose deaths of two of his patients.


Jury deliberating case of doctor charged in overdose deaths

A western Montana jury is deliberating the case of a doctor charged with overprescribing opiates, leading to the overdose deaths of two patients.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

In move to curb addiction, Washington Apple Health limits opioid prescriptions

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.


FDA panels urge stronger minimum dosages of naloxone

A rise in overdose deaths from heroin laced with fentanyl and other powerful additives prompted two federal advisory committees on Wednesday to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration authorize …


Feds give $1 million to help state pay for drug that reverses heroin overdose

A federal grant aimed at stopping overdose deaths will expand access to naloxone.


New Washington law encourages drug OD 911 calls

A new law that takes effect Thursday in Washington aims to encourage people to report drug overdoses.