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A Georgia mother battles opioids to win back her kids

Kim Silvers’ family had begged her to stop using opioids and heard her promise to do so, only to break that vow repeatedly. They’d cried when she abandoned them, and …


Leader of painkiller distribution ring sentenced to six years

The leader of a prescription forgery ring that distributed hundreds of thousands of oxycodone pills was sentenced to 76 months in prison.


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 …


John Gotti’s grandson pleads guilty to selling oxycodone

Mobster John Gotti’s namesake grandson has pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone pills in Queens.


Coeur d’Alene doctor knew nothing of Las Vegas stripper wife’s drug empire

Dr. Stanley Toelle’s money flowed freely to support the lifestyle of his Las Vegas wife, Loren. In a court statement, she says he had no idea she was involved in …


Feds get first guilty plea in Idaho drug trafficking ring

Federal prosecutors have their first guilty plea in a multi-state drug trafficking ring involving at least 20 people, including a Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist, his wife and her children.


Doctor gets 30 years to life in case tied to overdoses

A judge on Friday sentenced a Rowland Heights doctor to 30 years to life in prison for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed, ending a landmark …


Police say man posed as federal agent in attempt to obtain narcotic

Spokane police arrested a Coeur d’Alene man Monday who allegedly claimed to be a federal agent in an attempt to get an oxycodone prescription from a pain management clinic in …


Four found guilty in federal painkiller case

Four defendants in a scheme that brought thousands of illicit painkillers weekly to Spokane from California were found guilty Friday by a federal jury. Arvin Carmen, Donta Blackmon, Brandon Chavez …


OxyContin smuggled into Spokane on flights, investigators say

Women with ties to a Los Angeles gang smuggled about 10,000 illicit pills a week for several years through Spokane International Airport, according to federal investigators. The painkillers were sold …


Police arrest Walgreens robbery suspect

Police arrested a man suspected in the knifepoint robberies of a Walgreens store in North Spokane.


One arrested, one sought after Rite-Aid robbery, police pursuit

Police were searching Tuesday night for a suspect hiding in a north Spokane neighborhood after they say two men robbed a Rite-Aid pharmacy at gunpoint and fled with oxycodone pills.


Dozens of drug ring suspects face local trial

Federal prosecutors may boost Spokane’s travel economy the hard way: They intend to transport dozens of suspects indicted in a massive oxycodone distribution ring to Spokane from Los Angeles for …


Prescription drug abuse, deaths target of new Washington law

At the height of his addiction, Joshua Dameron would cruise through emergency rooms in Spokane, hoping to score his next fix. Dameron got hooked on prescription pain medication after suffering …


Valley drug raids land several in jail

Spokane Valley police executed two search warrants Wednesday morning that landed several people in jail.


Indictment: Clinic gave abusers painkillers

A Deer Park physician and his aide are accused of giving known drug abusers prescription pain pills, including oxycodone and methadone, with the requirement they attend “recovery meetings” at a …