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Mental health first aid: INHS class aims to train community members to recognize symptoms

Mental Health First Aid: The eight-hour course that’s new to Spokane teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to people who show signs of mental illnesses and substance use …


Vermont opioid deaths jump nearly 160 percent, report shows

Deaths from opioid-related overdoses jumped nearly 160 percent in Vermont between 2010 and 2016 and continue to rise while more than half of the 266 young children in state custody …


Marijuana v. alcohol: Which is more dangerous?

Arizona is one of five states with marijuana legalization on the ballot this fall, and the state’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, is not happy about it. Ducey urged voters last …


Prosecution trend: After fatal OD, dealer charged with death

A growing number of dealers around the nation face prosecution for the fatal heroin and fentanyl overdoses of their customers. Michael Millette was charged not just with drug dealing, but …


Sen. Patty Murray announces funding to fight opioid abuse

Sen. Patty Murray says eight health centers across Washington state will receive a total of $2.8 million in grants to help fight opioid abuse and addiction.


Spokane County officials worry Senate budget will restrict mental health, substance abuse care

Spokane County officials are worried a provision in the Washington Senate’s budget proposal will cripple their ability to provide state-mandated mental health and substance abuse services.


Officers get enhanced training in mental health, substance abuse issues

When Jen Wagner told her story, her last encounter with law enforcement was fresh in her mind. The 26-year-old college student is a patient at the Spokane Regional Health District …


Panel hears support for involuntary rehab

OLYMPIA – At the height of his battle with alcohol and drug addiction, Ricky Garcia’s trips to the emergency room were a daily occurrence. Substance abuse took a toll on …


Oscar winner Patty Duke applauds, encourages participants at Kootenai County Mental Health Drug Court

North Idaho resident Anna Pearce has inspired many in her long struggle with mental illness and substance abuse. On Thursday morning the Oscar-winning actor found inspiration in the company of …


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Suspect identified in Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive crashes

A chaotic scene unfolded in Coeur d’Alene this morning after a woman reportedly caused a car crash, stole a car with three children inside and then caused another crash. The …


Prescription for addiction

A Gonzaga University nursing student working in a local hospital this spring noticed something odd on the medication logs. A patient who didn’t need painkillers was receiving the drugs every …


Grants support homeless

The federal government has renewed funding next year for 208 Washington state programs serving the homeless, including about $3 million for 28 Spokane programs. The U.S. Department of Housing and …


Substance abuse treatment saves state money, study finds

BOISE – Idaho now has the data to show that its substance abuse treatment services directly save the state money. But the news comes as the state is preparing to …


Idaho grandparents may get stronger custody rights

Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill intended to help grandparents and other relatives get custody of children whose parents have been caught up with substance abuse or incarceration.


Report on teen drug use offers a mixed outlook

The federal government’s annual report of alcohol and drug abuse by children seems reassuring: Compared with recent years, marijuana use is down in 2009, use of hallucinogens is way down …


Student pot use rises in CdA, falls in Spokane

Coeur d’Alene teens smoked more marijuana last year than they did in 2006, a contrast to a trend revealed in statistics released Monday in a federal survey about the drug …


Homeless woman found shelter

It will never be known whether Kim Steel found a new direction in her life during Christmas week. The 42-year-old homeless woman with a history of substance abuse died Dec. …


Cheers On Campus Often Associated With A Lot Of Booze

Sports floats on a river of alcohol; the TV commercials and the ball park billboards are signposts along the way. But that’s just prose. A researcher at the Harvard School …