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Apr 10, 2023

7 women in Maricopa County jail recovering after overdosing

Maricopa County authorities say several women who overdosed in a Phoenix jail are expected to survive.

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Jan 26, 2023

Republicans advance bill that would boost penalties for fentanyl suppliers

Republicans in the state Senate are working to greatly boost the penalties for people who supply the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, advancing a bill on Thursday that would subject someone who makes, transports or sells the drug to life in prison or the death penalty if someone dies after taking the drug.

May 20, 2021

From tragedy comes a bill to save lives

Exactly one year after 25-year-old Landon Marsh died of a fentanyl overdose, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Marsh’s mother drafted to prevent other young people from unknowingly ingesting the drug.

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 […]

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Feb 14, 2018

House bill would limit Good Samaritan provision of opioids law

A Republican-backed bill seeks to amend the Good Samaritan law in Gov. Doug Ducey’s recently-passed, wide-ranging, opioids law.

Dec 22, 2017

Good Samaritan bill would provide immunity for reporting drug overdose

Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, wants Arizona to join the vast majority of states that provide immunity to those who report a drug overdose.

Dec 19, 2017

Bill to limit government restrictions on painkillers introduced

Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, introduced a bill last week that would seek to prohibit the state from limiting the number of prescription pain pills that can be prescribed to a patient.

Dec 15, 2017

State agricultural department gets in on fight against opioid abuse

The Arizona Department of Agriculture’s livestock officers will start carrying naloxone, a drug that reverses the effect of opioid overdoses.

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Oct 19, 2017

Solution to opioid addiction epidemic is medication-assisted treatment

Addiction is a complex illness, with biological and psychological components. Medication pacifies the addicted brain’s receptors that produce cravings and rewards, while psychosocial rehabilitation helps the wounded, traumatized individual manage his or her depression and illness. Together, they produce the best outcome.

Jun 13, 2017

Ducey orders health care providers to report opioid overdoses and deaths

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order on Tuesday allowing the director of the Arizona Department of Health Service to collect the names of those who overdose on opioids.