The state health department says it’s an alarming epidemic that’s largely driven by fentanyl. Officials say the drug is so dangerous, they’re taking a more unconventional approach to combating the issue.
The three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson are on the verge of a $26 billion deal to settle lawsuits brought by state and local governments across the country over the toll of prescription opioids.
As part of the deal, the drugmaker also agreed to end the manufacturing and distribution of opioids across New York and the rest of the nation.
The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office is warning about a disturbing trend: five people have died from fentanyl-related overdoses in a two-week period.
Seattle narcotics detectives seized over 400,00 fentanyl pills Tuesday, along with hundreds of other drugs.
Seattle Police have seized approximately 16,000 fentanyl pills and $10,000 after arresting a suspect and serving search warrants at his North Seattle home.
Soldiers and police in Mexico have seized an industrial-scale meth and fentanyl lab that was so big it startled investigators.
With two months still left before the end of the year, King County is on track to see a record-breaking number of fentanyl-related overdoses.
Washington state sued Johnson & Johnson on Thursday, claiming the company was negligent when it used deceptive marketing to say the drugs were effective for treating pain and were unlikely to cause addiction.
U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary numbers suggest.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted data showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year.
SEATTLE -- About 130 people a day are dying from opioid overdoses and those numbers are rising, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, even though fewer pain medications are being prescribed overall.Experts believe patients are in pain and sometimes take more medication than they intend, or mix the drug with others.Some doctors are demanding that Narcan, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose, be available to everybody prescribed opioids and available at home.Dr.
Washington on Thursday became the latest state to sue major distributors of opioids, saying the companies made billions of dollars while ignoring signs of a growing crisis fueled by addiction to the drugs.
EVERETT, Wash. – There’s more troubling news surrounding Washington State’s opioid epidemic.State health officials say they are finding more street drugs laced with powerful fentanyl – and it’s ending up killing people who might not even know they’re taking it.“Everyone knows someone whose suffering from substance abuse disorders,” said Dr.
In an attempt to get more used needles off the streets, Skagit County launched a new pilot program on Wednesday.
SEATTLE -- A new battle in the war on opioids is brewing from Washington state to Washington D.C.Congress recently passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act, a bill aimed at punishing some drug companies and helping both addicts and law enforcement with tools and money.
SEATTLE -- About a month ago, one Seattle City Council Member promoted the idea of buying a van to use as a safe injection site.Council member Teresa Mosqueda directed the Seattle Department of Human Services to look into purchasing the van for about $350,000.
TACOMA, Wash. – The need for opioid treatment centers stretches across the Puget Sound.
QUINCY, Mass. -- The last thing Lizabeth Loud wanted, a month from giving birth, was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction.But her mother saw no other choice, and sought a judge's order to have her committed against her will.
It happened on Thursday at Garfield Park, right across the street from an elementary school. Parents are outraged.
SEATTLE -- For many addicts, the trigger is trauma.