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UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

Spokane dentist pleads guilty in federal court to improperly prescribing painkillers

A Spokane dentist has pleaded guilty in federal court to manipulating pain-killer prescriptions and distributing drugs to a former patient with whom he was having “inappropriate relationship” for years.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

Florida sues Walgreens, CVS over opioid sales

Florida is suing the nation’s two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to …


FDA approves a powerful new opioid amid criticism

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to U.S.

Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. …


Cutbacks to opioid prescriptions leave chronic pain patients without help

Opioid addiction is getting more attention nationally, but a Washington State University researcher says not enough is being done to help patients transition to non-opioid pain management.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

5 doctors charged with taking kickbacks to tout painkiller

Five New York City doctors were arrested Friday on charges they accepted bribes and kickbacks from an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company to prescribe large volumes of a highly addictive painkiller.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, a surprise reversal following lawsuits that blamed the company for helping trigger the current …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 8 p.m.

Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers

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, …


Froma Harrop: Hurts to watch inaction on opioid crisis

President Trump pledged to end America’s “terrible drug epidemic.” What his administration has done about it so far is useless or worse.


NFL team docs booed DEA official at 2011 presentation

A top drug-enforcement official invited by the NFL in 2011 to educate team physicians about medicating players in compliance with federal laws was met with skepticism, catcalls and even occasional …


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 5:29 p.m.

Workers’ comp programs fight addiction among injured workers

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 …


Court filings describe NFL misuse of painkillers

National Football League teams violated federal laws governing prescription drugs, disregarded guidance from the Drug Enforcement Administration on how to store, track, transport and distribute controlled substances, and plied their …


Everett files lawsuit against painkiller manufacturer

The city of Everett has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin. The


Ohio city shares shocking photos of adults who overdosed with a small child in the car

On Wednesday afternoon, a police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio, stopped a vehicle for driving erratically and made a shocking discovery: The driver was barely conscious. A woman was slumped …


Researchers hope synthetic opioid would combat painkiller addiction

BALTIMORE – Prescription opioids help millions of Americans deal with pain, but their addictive qualities have created a public health problem: rising rates of opioid dependence, addiction and overdose. To …


Medical marijuana reduces prescription drug use, study finds

Patients fill significantly fewer prescriptions for conditions like nausea and pain in states where medical marijuana is available, researchers reported Wednesday in one of the first studies to examine how …


Prince joins a list of stars dead from drug overdoses

Prince joins a list of other stars, including Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, whose lives ended with an overdose.


UPDATED: Thu., June 2, 2016, 2:18 p.m.

Prince died of opioid overdose, official says

CHICAGO – Tests show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Thursday. The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at …


Prince arranged to meet addiction doctor, attorney says

A Minneapolis attorney said Wednesday that Prince had arranged to meet with a California doctor who specializes in addiction treatment the day before he died.


Valley doctor fighting state accusations of dangerous prescription practices

A Spokane Valley doctor accused of recklessly writing prescriptions for painkillers said the state investigation is a vengeful effort to discredit his practice.


Poll: Most Americans see personal tie to rising prescription painkiller abuse

More than 56 percent of the public say they have a personal connection to the issue, reports the latest monthly tracking poll of the Kaiser Family Foundation. That share includes …


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 …


Spokane restaurateur takes plea deal in massive drug case

Sally B. Guthrie, owner of several Spokane restaurants and named in a federal indictment filed last year exposing an alleged OxyContin ring between California and Washington state, will plead guilty …


States rebel against powerful painkiller

State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation’s deadly scourge of heroin and prescription …


Pharmacists denied service to embattled Rosalia nurse

A Rosalia nurse practitioner who was stripped of her license last week by the state complained to Spokane pharmacists last summer after some stopped filling her prescriptions for painkillers. “It …


Rosalia nurse’s license suspended after deaths

State health officials suspended a Rosalia nurse practitioner’s license after three of her patients died from taking prescribed painkillers. In some cases, the prescriptions written by Susan Bowen-Small exceeded 15 …


Hydrocodone restrictions wanted by FDA

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in …


Drug shortages may hinder care

Spokane paramedics are concerned that nationwide medication shortages will keep them from providing the best emergency care, the Spokane Fire Department announced Wednesday. Brian Schaeffer, assistant fire chief, said Wednesday …


1990s saw hard push for legal opiates

Washington’s emergence as a state with one of the highest rates of both opiate prescriptions and deaths was not, in hindsight, an accident. In 1995, Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin in …