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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Daybreak Youth Services reaches fundraising goal, looks to hire counselors

After fears of closure, Daybreak Youth Services will keep its doors open and looks to hire mental health and chemical dependency counselors.

Evolving concussion care: Two new centers in Spokane offer neurological approach

Empire Concussion and Trauma Recovery recently opened at two clinic sites in Spokane, said Maile Mohsenian, an occupational therapist who also operates Empire Pediatric Therapy. Mohsenian said the clinic has …

New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart disease

Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

FDA approves TB pill that cures more hard-to treat patients

U.S. regulators have approved a new tuberculosis medicine that shortens and improves treatment for the hardest-to-treat cases, a worsening problem in many poor countries.

After pharmaceutical companies poured billions of opioid pills into Washington, rural counties try to recover

Millions of prescribed opioids poured into rural counties near Spokane from 2006 to 2012, according to recently revealed data. But while the extent of the problem is clearer, the path …

Washington state awards grant to Excelsior Wellness Center for substance abuse facility

The roughly $500,000 grant will help build an eight-bed facility in Excelsior Wellness Center’s new facility designed to treat teenagers who require short, targeted interventions to combat drug abuse.

Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown give stances on marijuana, opioid addiction treatment and drugs

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has softened her stance somewhat on the legalization of marijuana, six years after Washington state voters approved the creation of a recreational market for the drug. …

House approves bill expanding treatment for opioid abuse

The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis that is killing more than 115 people in the United States …

UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018

Lawsuit: Washington jail must provide addiction treatment

In a novel case that could have national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued a county sheriff’s office to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal …

Settlement in works over treatment of jailed mentally ill

Three years after a federal judge said Washington state is violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill people who must wait in jails for weeks for competency services, and two …

Former congressman Patrick Kennedy calls for proactive mental health treatment during Spokane speech

In a speech at the Spokane Convention Center, former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy added his voice to a community conversation about improving mental health and addiction treatment, detailing his own …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017

Sex cases put spotlight on sex addiction, but is it real?

Is sex addiction a true addiction, a crime, or a made-up condition used by misbehaving VIPs to deflect blame or repair tarnished images? A tide of high-profile sexual misconduct accusations …

Editorial: Opioid crisis needs strong action

The Trump administration hasn’t mentioned money, but it’s going to take billions. Any plans to cut Medicaid will undermine a response to the opioid crisis.

Editorial: Opioid addiction is a clear, present danger

No state has been immune to the opioid crisis. In 2015, 718 Washingtonians and 218 Idahoans died from drug overdoses. The numbers keep rising.

UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017

Woman’s struggle with mental illness, jail inspires bill

A new law, signed last month by Gov. Butch Otter, seeks to provide a more secure, more appropriate place to house people in her situation than jail or an unsecured …

Follow the science on addiction, treatment

Often support for addicts doesn’t start until they land in jail or a hospital bed. That’s a sure sign of a failed system.

With opioid deaths on the rise, Spokane County expands methadone treatment program

Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.

Seattle police warn people about dangerous heroin purity

Seattle police are warning heroin users about dangerous purity levels after several recent overdoses.

What you need to know about alcohol use disorder

In hindsight, real estate developer Brinton Motheral recognizes his many “last straws.” He was going to learn to control his alcohol abuse, he told himself, the day he crashed his …

Non-invasive brain cancer treatment offers hope for Spokane woman

Jayne Crouch was diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer, glioblastoma in March of 2014. Doctors said her best course of action was chemotherapy, but even then, the chances …

Most states have fewer drugs than feds suggest

With a swine flu outbreak spreading across the nation, more than half the states have yet to stockpile the number of flu-treatment doses recommended by the federal government, an Associated …

Chronic Drunks Left Out To Dry Budget Cuts, Tougher Attitudes Turning Detox Shelters Into One-Night Stops

(From For the Record, March 23, 1998): Story incorrect: Terry Lawhead is operations director for the Downtown Spokane Partnership. Lawhead’s title was unclear and the group’s name was incorrect in …

Surgery May Relieve Effects Of Parkinson’s Patients Showed Significant Improvement Two Years Later

Burning a tiny hole deep within the brain can relieve some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease for at least two years, a study found. The approach, called pallidotomy, has received considerable …

New Melanoma Vaccine Could Be Offered In Canada By March

Ribi ImmunoChem could have its new melanoma vaccine on Canadian markets by March, an official for the Hamilton pharmaceutical company said. Melacine, the company’s submission for a melanoma vaccine, has …

Doctor: Colon Cancer Preventable

There is a cancer that each of us can prevent. Still, it continues to attack over 130,000 Americans each year while claiming the lives of 55,000 more. The problem is …

New Drugs Major Step In Containing Aids Virus

Providing powerful new evidence of the potency of AIDS-fighting drug cocktails, scientists will report today that the medications succeed in squashing the AIDS virus in patients beyond detection for a …

Brain Implant Eases Parkinson’s Tremors Fda Approves Device That Controls Symptoms Of Debilitating Diseases

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a bold, “deep brain” implant that promises to ease the uncontrollable tremors experienced by thousands of patients with Parkinson’s disease and another, …

Study Says Chemo, Radiation Can Add Years For Lung Cancer Patients

Treating lung cancer with both chemotherapy and radiation almost triples the number of patients who live at least five years, says a new study. But researchers cautioned that even with …

Carew’s Child Given Transplant

Michelle Carew, daughter of baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, is to undergo an umbilical cord blood transplant Friday to treat her leukemia, her doctor said. Carew, 18, has been …

New Drug For Diabetics Helps Regulate Blood Sugar

A new drug to help diabetics is going on the market this week in the United States after being available for years in Europe and Japan. Precose, brand name for …