Idaho agrees to $119 million opioid crisis settlement

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Friday agreed to a $119 million settlement with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors over their role in the opioid addiction crisis. Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence…

Washington reaches $518M settlement with opioid distributors

SEATTLE (AP) — Months into a complex trial over their role in flooding Washington with highly addictive painkillers, the nation’s three largest opioid distributors agreed Tuesday to pay the state $518 million, with the vast majority being directed toward easing…

Idaho cities, counties sign onto national opioid settlements

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Each of Idaho’s 44 counties and all 24 eligible cities will participate in national opioid settlements, potentially bringing $119 million to the state, Republican Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said Monday. He said the counties and…

Washington state doctors find carfentanyl in autopsies

SEATTLE (AP) — Doctors at a county medical examiner’s office in Washington state have discovered a synthetic opioid in their community that is 100 times stronger than fentanyl. The doctors at the Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s office found the drug…

Spokane leaders to announce initiative combatting drug abuse

Leaders from Spokane and beyond will make what they're calling an important announcement on Wednesday morning about the opioid and fentanyl crisis in our community and nationwide. Mayor Nadine Woodward and Police Chief Craig Meidl will join leaders from the…

Drugmaker to pay $1.4B in largest US opioid treatment settlement

Reckitt Benckiser Group has agreed to pay up to $1.4 billion to resolve a long-running United States federal investigation into the company's sales and marketing of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat people addicted to heroin, painkillers and other opioids.

China announces new crackdown on fentanyl

The Chinese government will add fentanyl-related substances to their list of controlled drugs from May 1, in a move aimed at curtailing the manufacturing and distribution of one of the world's most powerful opioids.

These states have been hit the hardest by the opioid epidemic

While there's early evidence that the explosive rate of opioid deaths has started to slow, opioids killed more than 49,000 people in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data. A new study reveals which part of the country has been affected the most by the ongoing epidemic.