Jan 6, 2020

Criminal justice reform should set up ex-prisoners to succeed

About 95 percent of prison inmates will eventually be released from custody and will return to our communities. They could be the person standing next to you at the grocery store or your neighbor across the street. While always keeping public safety first in mind, we should all agree that more should be done to set them up to succeed after incarceration. That must be the goal of any criminal just[...]

Laurie and Chuck Goldstein hold a newspaper clipping of their son, who is diagnosed schizoaffective and has battled with substance abuse. The Goldsteins fought for 15 years to get their son the treatment he needed to live a better life. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Dec 8, 2017

Dearth of treatment services, ‘outmoded’ approach plague dually diagnosed patients

Treatment services are severely lacking for people who are diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders, and what some criticize as an outdated approach throws up obstacles in times of need.

Jun 30, 2017

Groups join in condemnation of bill to repeal, replace Obamacare

As the U.S. Senate mulls over the Republicans’ health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, local opponents are crying foul on behalf of a variety of people facing cuts to their Medicaid coverage.

Jan 20, 2017

$3.5 million allocated for high school substance abuse prevention

The Governor’s Office for Youth, Faith and Family will release about $3.5 million in new funding for substance abuse prevention programs for high school youth — a key demographic to target when tackling Arizona’s opioid epidemic.

Aug 1, 2012

Arizona gets federal funding for substance abuse

Arizona is getting a $7.5 million federal grant to tackle substance abuse problems in five counties across the northern half of the state.

May 22, 2012

Drug demand reduction a key issue in border security

The fight against border drug trafficking must address reducing demand, federal and Arizona law enforcement officials told a congressional panel in Phoenix.

May 9, 2012

Judge rules pot dispensaries must have doctors

An Arizona judge has ruled that medical marijuana dispensaries must employ a physician as a medical director to help oversee operations.

Jan 28, 2011

‘Spice’ no safe marijuana alternative

The toxic substance is widely available in smoke shops and liquor stores, as well as in wide supply on the Internet, advertised as “state legal.” Along with that description, companies promoting Spice should add “unsafe” and “potentially lethal” on the packaging.

Aug 5, 2009

A failure to rehabilitate

Arizona spent $121 million on drug- and alcohol-treatment programs in 2008, but a report by the Arizona Auditor General’s Office indicates the programs have failed to change the behavior of most substance-abusing patients. Nearly half of the patients who began substance-abuse treatment during the past three years dropped out before finishing the programs.