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Clark County Public Health is warning the community about a recent increase in emergency department visits due to opioid overdoses.

Clark County opioid overdoses rise

Clark County Public Health is warning the community about a recent increase in emergency department visits due to opioid overdoses.

April 21, 2023, 5:14pm Clark County Health

Emergency rooms across Clark County have seen an increase in opioid overdose visits in the last week. Read story

Fentanyl test strips.

These test strips might help prevent fentanyl overdoses, but they’re illegal

Fentanyl test strips.

March 20, 2023, 6:00am Health

Health officials say fentanyl test strips could help prevent accidental overdoses, but under current law, they’ve been illegal because they fall under the definition of drug paraphernalia. Read story

Vancouver City Hall in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver to join opioid settlement

Vancouver City Hall in downtown Vancouver.

March 8, 2023, 4:34pm Clark County Health

Vancouver is joining a national settlement against five pharmaceutical giants that could give the city $3 million to curb the opioid epidemic. Read story

Brandy Benedict, a public health nurse with Clark County Public Health's Harm Reduction Program, demonstrates how to administer the opiate-reversal drug naloxone as part of a recent training at Mountain View High School.

Dose of prevention in Clark County’s fentanyl fight

Brandy Benedict, a public health nurse with Clark County Public Health's Harm Reduction Program, demonstrates how to administer the opiate-reversal drug naloxone as part of a recent training at Mountain View High School.

February 26, 2023, 6:05am Clark County Health

The tasks of teaching about the dangers of fentanyl and how to save someone suffering from an overdose are being spearheaded by a Vancouver Girl Scout and a Clark County sheriff’s sergeant. Read story

FILE - A Rite Aid logo is displayed on its store in Pittsburgh, on Jan. 12, 2022. Rite Aid is limiting how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy, joining other retailers who put in place similar caps following the Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. Wade. The policy went into effect Monday, June 27, at the drugstore chain, which has limited the purchase of Plan B pills to three units per customer due to increased demand, a company spokesperson said. (AP Photo/Gene J.

Washington attorney general sues Kroger, Albertsons, Rite Aid over opioid crisis

FILE - A Rite Aid logo is displayed on its store in Pittsburgh, on Jan. 12, 2022. Rite Aid is limiting how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy, joining other retailers who put in place similar caps following the Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. Wade. The policy went into effect Monday, June 27, at the drugstore chain, which has limited the purchase of Plan B pills to three units per customer due to increased demand, a company spokesperson said. (AP Photo/Gene J.

December 22, 2022, 7:48am Business

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Wednesday his office is suing Kroger, Albertsons and Rite Aid, arguing their pharmacy chains failed to act as the “final barrier” against the overprescription of opioids. Read story

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks March 23, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.  (AP Photo/Ted S.

$518M from opioid settlement starts heading to Washington

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks March 23, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.  (AP Photo/Ted S.

October 3, 2022, 3:09pm Health

The first payments from a $518 million settlement with the nation’s three largest opioid distributors will begin reaching Washington communities in December, providing much-needed cash officials can use to hire first responders or direct toward prevention, treatment and other services, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Monday. Read story

Recovery Cafe Clark County member Chris Mackmer, left, enjoys lunch with volunteer Scott Hacker. Recovery Cafe is a community organization that specializes in helping people with addiction recovery. It is part of a collection of local organizations that have banded together to respond to Clark County's opioid crisis.

Clark County organizations build recovery support network in response to opioid crisis

Recovery Cafe Clark County member Chris Mackmer, left, enjoys lunch with volunteer Scott Hacker. Recovery Cafe is a community organization that specializes in helping people with addiction recovery. It is part of a collection of local organizations that have banded together to respond to Clark County's opioid crisis.

June 19, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Health

An explosion of fentanyl addiction and opioid overdoses in Southwest Washington is being met with a collaborative approach that is helping those struggling with addiction and winning praise from addiction counselors. Read story

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks March 23, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Months into a complex trial over their role in flooding Washington with highly addictive painkillers, the nation's three largest opioid distributors have agreed to pay the state $518 million. Ferguson announced the deal Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Washington reaches $518M settlement with opioid distributors

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks March 23, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Months into a complex trial over their role in flooding Washington with highly addictive painkillers, the nation's three largest opioid distributors have agreed to pay the state $518 million. Ferguson announced the deal Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Ted S.

May 3, 2022, 2:41pm Health

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 the addiction epidemic. Read story

The Vancouver Police Department says there recently have been fatal overdoses believed to be tied to counterfeit Oxycodone pills.

Vancouver man held in two drug overdose deaths

The Vancouver Police Department says there recently have been fatal overdoses believed to be tied to counterfeit Oxycodone pills.

June 1, 2020, 7:49am Clark County News

A 23-year-old Vancouver man was arrested in connection with a fatal drug overdose caused by pills laced with fentanyl, according to the Vancouver Police Department. Read story

Charlie Campbell, center, stands with his mother, Dorothy Campbell, as they talk with a worker March 6 about his father, Gene Campbell, who can be seen through a window at left, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland. Charlie is nearly 13 years sober, but said he has been feeling tested due to stress from having his father now recovering from the coronavirus in a hospital. (Ted S.

Addiction recovery challenged during pandemic

Charlie Campbell, center, stands with his mother, Dorothy Campbell, as they talk with a worker March 6 about his father, Gene Campbell, who can be seen through a window at left, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland. Charlie is nearly 13 years sober, but said he has been feeling tested due to stress from having his father now recovering from the coronavirus in a hospital. (Ted S.

April 5, 2020, 6:04am Health

Charlie Campbell, nearly 13 years sober, is feeling tested today more than ever to stay that way. Read story