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May 15, 2023

AZ makes significant strides in opioid crisis 

More than five people in Arizona die each day from opioid overdose, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. To address the crisis, state administrators, behavioral health providers, prevention specialists, educators and researchers have made remarkable progress.

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Oct 25, 2022

Heat deaths in Arizona’s biggest county outpace last year’s

This summer was the deadliest on record for heat-associated fatalities in Arizona's largest county amid a growing wave of homelessness. Public health statistics this week confirmed a record 359 such deaths just days before the end of the six-month heat season.

Secretary of State-elect Katie Hobbs (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
May 29, 2018

Wrap up with Katie Hobbs

In her last year as a senator, Minority Leader Katie Hobbs experienced the usual highs and lows of session. The Phoenix Democrat now leaves office to run for secretary of state.

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, middle, pauses as he gives his state of the state address as he is flanked by House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, left, R-Chandler, and Senate President Steve Yarbrough, right, R-Chandler, at the capitol, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Jan 22, 2018

Lawmakers hunker down to combat opioid epidemic

State lawmakers begin working today on a bipartisan plan that state officials hope will make a significant dent in opioid addiction, abuse and deaths in Arizona.

Aug 18, 2017

Personal information requirement for drug could hamper opioid crisis effort

Gov. Doug Ducey’s requirement that people give their personal information to a state database when they pick up a life-saving drug for opioid overdoses at a pharmacy may actually jeopardize lives, say those who help people with drug addiction recover.

Jun 5, 2017

Governor declares health emergency to tackle opioid-abuse outbreak

Gov. Doug Ducey declared a statewide health emergency Monday in light of a report from the Arizona Department of Health Services that stated opioid overdoses now kill an average of two Arizonans a day.

Jan 4, 2017

$3.6 million federal grant jump starts opioid awareness efforts in six counties

State officials said federal funding has helped jump start awareness campaigns and drug monitoring efforts to combat the prescription drug epidemic in six of Arizona’s 15 counties.