Arizona's Opioid Epidemic

Arizonas Opioid Epidemic
America’s opioid crisis has revealed not only our society’s struggle with addiction, but also chronic pain. As states respond to the epidemic, some patients fear losing access to the medication. But what about those who want to get off it?
Feb. 16, 2018
Deaths from heroin tripled between 2012 and 2016 in Arizona, while some health workers believe there is an epidemic of infectious disease in some of the state’s small rural communities.
Feb. 2, 2018
Gov. Doug Ducey’s legislation on Arizona’s opioid crisis passed last week. Ducey signed SB1001 on Friday, Jan. 26 at the State Capitol.
Jan. 29, 2018
The Arizona House has joined the state Senate in approving a proposal backed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey designed to crack down on opioids and cut the number of overdose deaths.
Jan. 26, 2018
Doctors in Mohave County, who practice in some of the state’s most vulnerable communities, are wrestling with the fallout of the opioid epidemic and want assurance that new regulations won’t have unintended consequences.
Jan. 23, 2018
This week, Gov. Doug Ducey and lawmakers will convene a special session to pass a slew of laws aimed at everything from expanding treatment to reducing the supply of pills.
Jan. 22, 2018
Buprenorphine was approved for treating opioid addiction in the early 2000s. But as Arizona grapples with an epidemic of opioid abuse, demand for this type of medication assisted treatment is now soaring. And there aren't enough doctors out there to meet the need.
Jan. 3, 2018
More than 700 people in Arizona are believed to have died from opioid-related overdoses in 2017, according to end-of-the-year numbers from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Jan. 1, 2018
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The Arizona Agriculture Department has announced livestock officers are carrying Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.
Dec. 18, 2017
Almost half a year since Arizona declared the opioid crisis a statewide health emergency, overdose deaths appear to be going up even faster than in 2016, according to preliminary numbers.
Nov. 28, 2017
One in four Arizona teenagers admits to using prescription painkillers without a doctor’s consent. That’s according to a new survey by Dignity Health on teen opioid use.
Nov. 21, 2017
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As the death toll from the opioid epidemic continues to rise, Phoenix could sue those it believes responsible — the pharmaceutical industry. The City Council will consider the move later this month.
Nov. 7, 2017
Opioid Treatment Program
When someone’s battling addiction, the decision to get sober can hinge on whether there’s treatment available in that very moment. A new Valley clinic is the first opioid treatment program in the country open 24/7. It's already changing lives.
Oct. 30, 2017
On Thursday, President Trump declared the country’s opioid epidemic a public health emergency. Here to talk about what this means for Arizona is Will Humble, director of the Arizona Public Health Association and a former director of the state Department of Health Services.
Oct. 27, 2017
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A federal grand jury in Boston has brought a fraud and racketeering case against the founder of the Arizona-based opioid maker Insys.
Oct. 26, 2017
In Arizona, the state health department reports 471 suspected opioid-related deaths, and nearly 3,600 suspected overdoses between mid-June and mid-October. The University of Pittsburgh is trying to get a handle on the epidemic by getting pharmacists more involved in screening patients who may be misusing their medications.
Oct. 26, 2017
With $170,000 from the Jail Enhancement Fund, Sheriff Paul Penzone said the county is attempting to “turn it into something that could be productive.”
Oct. 13, 2017
Brett Morrison
This question facing drug users - do you call 911 during an overdose - has increasingly become a public health concern as opioid overdoses have skyrocketed. Many states have laws designed to get people to do that without fear of being arrested. But in recent years, efforts to make that happen in Arizona have gone nowhere. Some hope that could finally change.
Oct. 13, 2017
Opioid Epidemic
After months of work, Arizona health officials issued an ambitious plan for the state's opioid epidemic. But one thing that’s not part of the hundred page plan? Needle exchanges. Some who work in Arizona’s treatment industry are upset their advice was ignored.
Oct. 3, 2017
Arizona is getting some help from the federal government with the opioid crisis.
Sept. 15, 2017
As Arizona grapples with an opioid epidemic, a band of volunteers in Phoenix works under the radar to get those who are addicted clean syringes and medical care. They believe one of the biggest barriers to curbing the death toll is stigma and isolation.
Aug. 31, 2017