drugs

Health and Wellness
6:11 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Overdose Deaths in Wash. Drop Slightly

227 people in the state overdosed and died from heroin last year -- 381 people overdosed and died from opiate-based prescription pain medications.
Credit AP Images

The number of people dying from opiate overdoses in Washington state stayed relatively the same from 2012 to last year. The Washington State Department of Health released overdose data this week. And the figures show 227 people in the state overdosed and died from heroin last year -- 381 people overdosed and died from opiate-based prescription pain medications. In both cases that’s a slight decrease from the year before.

The highest rate of total opiate related deaths was in Southwest Washington’s Cowlitz County.

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Meth Cleanup
5:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program

The Salishan public housing development in Tacoma is one of the sites that will be tested and cleaned through an EPA grant.
Credit Tacoma Housing Authority

Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to another long-time industry: meth. For the first time, the EPA’s Brownfields program is covering the clean-up of former meth houses. And the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.

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NWPR Books
12:47 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Marijuana plants grow at a farm near Medellin. Tony Dokoupil's father made hundreds of thousands of dollars smuggling marijuana into the U.S. from Colombia.
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

If you smoked Colombian weed in the '70s and '80s, Tony Dokoupil would like to thank you: He says you paid for his swim lessons and kept him in the best private school in south Florida — at least for a little while.

Dokoupil's father started selling marijuana during the Nixon era, and expanded his operation until he became a partner in what his son describes as the biggest East Coast dope ring of the Reagan years, smuggling marijuana into the U.S.

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NWPR Books
7:35 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Power And Violence In Ukraine And Mexico

A woman walks with a child in Kiev's Independence square.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

This week's headlines have been dominated by the violent protests in Kiev, the ousting of President Victor Yanukovych, and the amassing of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border. Writer Anthony Marra says that if Soviet war journalist Vasily Grossman were alive today, he'd likely be breaking news from Independence Square.

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NWPR Books
9:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

In The Wake Of Tragedy, The Possibility Of Understanding

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Ian Gavan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 11:12 am

The death of the brilliant actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, killed by an apparent heroin overdose at the age of 46, is a frightening reminder of the torture that is addiction. After a bout with drugs when he was younger, Hoffman was clean for two decades. But he started taking prescription pain pills in 2012 and checked into a rehab program last year. On Sunday he was found dead in a Manhattan apartment, along with dozens of small envelopes of drugs.

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Rob Bovett Stepping Down
4:18 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Methamphetamine Fighting District Attourney Stepping Down

Lincoln County D.A. Rob Bovett authored has gained national recognition for his work on eradicating meth
Credit Lincoln County District Attourney's Office

An Oregon district attorney, who's internationally recognized for his work to curtail methamphetamine manufacturing, is leaving his job.

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Cory Monteith
4:44 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Coroner: Heroin-Alcohol Mix Killed 'Glee' Actor Cory Monteith

Actor Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on Saturday.
Credit Greg Hernandez / Wikimedia Commons

We now know what killed Cory Monteith, one of the stars of the popular TV series "Glee." The British Columbia Coroners Service Tuesday said toxicology testing points to a fatal overdose of heroin mixed with alcohol.

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Drug Overdose Hospitalizations
6:42 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Dozens Overdose At Electronic Music Festival

One person died and dozens became ill while attending a concert at Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater this weekend. As Paige Browning reports, drugs were a factor in many hospitalizations.

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Indoor Marijuana Grows
7:10 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Indoor Marijuana Grows Could Hamper Seattle's Climate Change Goals

Indoor marijuana production facilities are more secure than outdoor growth, but require a lot of energy to run, and produce a large amount of greenhouse gases.
Credit Rusty Blazenhoff / Flickr

Monday, the Seattle City Council is expected to endorse a Climate Action Plan to make Seattle “carbon neutral” by the year 2050. It’s looking to reduce energy use to meet that goal. But the council is also considering zoning for a new power-hungry business: indoor marijuana growing. 

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Marijuana Legalization
4:39 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Marijuana Advocates Push Legalization Measure In Salem

Petr Brož Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 3:06 pm

  SALEM, Ore. – Marijuana advocates are taking their message to the Oregon capitol. A legislative panel will consider a measure Tuesday that would legalize and tax the drug. It comes as Washington state is in the process of crafting rules about how to regulate pot after voters there approved legalization.

Still, Anthony Johnson knows he's asking a lot.

"I understand that this is a heavy lift for the legislature to pass this bill this year," he says.

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