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Nationwide drugmaker lobbying trend extends to Arizona

Drugmakers that produce opioid painkillers and allied advocacy groups have spent more than $880 million on campaign contributions and lobbying over the past decade as they worked to influence state and federal policies, including tens of thousands of dollars in Arizona.

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