Kendra Sawyer spoke with her dad from the Deschutes County jail and told him she loved him. Six hours later, in the throes of opioid withdrawal, the 22-year-old took her own life.
Evelyn Jefferson walks deep into a forest dotted with the tents of unhoused Lummi Nation tribal members and calls out names. When someone appears, she and a nurse hand out the opioid overdose reversal medication Naloxone.
Detectives with the Bellevue Police Department Special Enforcement Team have arrested a man who they call a "prolific" drug dealer, accused of selling a wide variety of narcotics out of his RV.
The Washington state attorney general announced a $149.5 million settlement Wednesday with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, more than four years after the state sued the company over its role fueling the opioid addiction crisis.
Sold at gas stations across the country under names like “ZaZa Red” and “Neptune’s Elixir,” tianeptine use can lead to serious health complications and even death, officials say.
Hundreds of people in Seattle who want to get over drug addiction now face another roadblock: a pipe burst in the Evergreen Treatment Services clinic, leaving the center unusable.
Tribal leaders in Washington state are urging lawmakers there to pass a bill that would send millions of dollars in funding to tribal nations to help them stem a dramatic rise in opioid overdose deaths.
“I am a stupid songwriter y'all, but I have first hand witnessed this in a way most people have not," Jelly Roll told Congress. "Almost every person in this room has lost a friend, family member or colleague to the disease known as addiction."
In Washington, the number of teenagers dying from overdose has surged threefold between 2016 and 2022, and Department of Health (DOH) said synthetic opioids laced with fentanyl are driving the loss of life.
King County saw a record number of fentanyl-related deaths in 2023.
New statistics from King County show that each day in 2023 an average of three to four people died from drug overdoses.
Fentanyl and methamphetamine drove a record number of homeless deaths last year in Oregon’s Multnomah County, home to Portland, according to an annual report released by regional officials Wednesday.
The fight against fentanyl is increasingly being waged in schools, jails and on city streets in the Pacific Northwest, where state officials in Oregon and Washington have named it a top issue as overdose deaths rise.
The DEA says drug cartels are relentlessly going after young people on social media, making it that much easier to buy and sell drugs.
The DEA says drug cartels are relentlessly going after young people on social media making it that much easier to buy and sell drugs.
In a significant development, a routine traffic stop in North Carolina unveiled a staggering amount of fentanyl, enough to potentially cause the death of 27 million people, exceeding the state's population.
The Supreme Court is wrestling with a nationwide settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that would shield members of the Sackler family who own the company from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids.
A former King County Jail guard and five others were indicted on Thursday for a bribery scheme that brought drugs like meth and fentanyl into jail.
Waiting on the numbers. It's been almost two weeks since the new drug possession ordinance went into effect in Seattle. On Wednesday the Seattle City Attorney addressed community members in Queen Anne on the role her office will play in the process.
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) delivered a press conference regarding a drug ordinance enforcement operation that was conducted in the downtown area on Friday.