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Feb 9, 2023

Minority groups may face fewer opioid addiction treatment options

The opioid epidemic has touched all races, but when it comes to seeking treatment, some minority groups are at a distinct disadvantage, a panel of experts said at a recent online forum.

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Nov 28, 2022

As cartels use social media to push fentanyl, experts teach parents how to protect kids

Experts say as more kids today are getting fentanyl-laced opioids from anonymous dealers online, it’s crucial for parents to understand what’s happening to prevent the problem from escalating.

Dec 10, 2021

Babies in recovery as opioid crisis continues

Pregnant with her second child, Clarissa Collins was at her methadone clinic when a woman walked in with a box of doughnuts and a baby doll. 

Sep 1, 2021

Hospitals can’t sue pharmacies for opioid costs

Tucson Medical Center has no right to sue a major national pharmacy on the claim that it is negligent for distributing opioids in the state, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled September 1.

Jun 21, 2020

Health director seeks message to prevent virus spread among group most affected

The state's top health official says the key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 could be finding ways to reach the people who believe they're the least likely to get infected or suffer ill effects.

May 26, 2020

Preventing opioid addiction means more access to pain treatment options

Arizona hospitals and healthcare professionals shifted their focus in recent months to responding to the COVID-19 crisis. But early indications now suggest the pandemic may be helping to fuel our nation’s other public health emergency: opioid abuse. Local authorities and first responders in many communities report a spike in opioid overdoses. A combination of factors […]

Mar 6, 2020

Opioid deaths, overdoses on the rise despite states efforts to curb crisis

Two years after Gov. Doug Ducey called a special session to fast-track the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, more Arizonans are overdosing and dying from opioid-related overdoses now than any time since the state started recording those figures.

Jan 22, 2020

Tough opioids bill draws skepticism from lawmakers

Legislation to require mandatory 5-year prison terms for anyone who sells even the slightest amount of opioids appears dead, at least in its current form.

Dec 16, 2019

We need sweeping action to curb opioid crisis

I never set out to become an addict. Like so many people, my path of addiction began with a legal prescription for pain medication after I injured my knee. Every year, an estimated 3 million patients are prescribed post-surgical opioids and become dependent. More than 80% of heroin users trace their addiction to a legal prescription, including me.

Dec 9, 2019

Supreme Court refuses Arizona’s bid to restrict opioid-maker’s finances

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to get an early crack at the assets of the family that owns one of the largest opioid manufacturing operations in the country.

Dec 2, 2019

Support legislation to incentivize non-opioids pain therapies

Opioids cost 1,375 Arizonans their lives in 2018 alone. This is a public health epidemic, and we need to leverage every available public-health policy tool to reduce opioid addiction. Fortunately, research into safer pain relievers is paying off and FDA-approved, opioid-free alternatives are now available. This means patients can recover from medical procedures in comfort while taking fewer, if an[...]

Oct 8, 2019

Brnovich has misgivings about Purdue opioid settlement

Arizona's attorney general is having misgivings about agreeing to Purdue Pharma's proposal to settle litigation over the opioid crisis.