Arizona's Opioid Epidemic

Arizonas Opioid Epidemic
The opioid crisis has been devastating to a generation of Americans. In Arizona alone, 790 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016. But what about the effects on their children? What do we know about their life trajectory and how it affects their development and cognitive skills?
Jul. 13, 2018
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich Monday took legal action against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin.
Sep. 10, 2018
The Arizona Department of Transportation announced it has started training some of its officers who work at ports of entry to respond to opioid overdoses.
Aug. 16, 2018
Deaths from opioid overdoses rose nearly 20 percent last year in Arizona. In 2017, 949 people died from opioids according to state numbers released this month. That marks a 20 percent increase from the year before.
Aug. 8, 2018
Opioid overdoses kill 90 Americans each day according the CDC, and more data on overprescribing is needed. Now, a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine identifies nine states where opioid prescriptions rank well above average, and Arizona is among them.
Jul. 25, 2018
Overseas producers of powerful synthetic opioids are peddling their products online and shipping them to the U.S. Lawmakers are working to tighten United States Postal Service policy and require it to collect more data about who sends international packages.
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Jul. 3, 2018
The opioid epidemic in Arizona takes a toll on children throughout the state. In most cases, children witness their parents abuse drugs, and even some school age children have turned to drugs. Counselors increase in students affected by opioid epidemic but struggle to help.
Jun. 20, 2018
The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities across America. One of the many places it’s having an impact is the nation’s schools. Politico reporter Kimberly Hefling has taken a look at how cash-strapped schools are struggling to help children.
Jun. 18, 2018
Faced with rising drug overdose deaths, states like Arizona have focused on limiting the number of opioid pills doctors can prescribe. But now some worry the new rules are creating another crisis — and patients are becoming collateral damage.
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Jun. 18, 2018
Students at the University of Arizona are exploring solutions to address the nation’s growing opioid crisis, and they think they may have an answer — don’t prescribe them at all.
May. 18, 2018
Proponents now worry House Bill 2389 may die in the waning days of the legislative session, or — even worse — that a revised version could actually derail efforts to curb Arizona’s opioid epidemic.
Apr. 20, 2018
The Navajo Nation is the latest to sue pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors for their role in a surge of opioid-related deaths. The tribe filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Mexico.
Apr. 12, 2018
Deaths from synthetic opioids rose more than 60 percent from 2015 to 2016 in Arizona. Nationally that number doubled, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Apr. 2, 2018
A proposed law making its way through the state Legislature would add opioid use disorder as one of the qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card.
Mar. 26, 2018
Native Americans saw a fivefold increase in overdose deaths, and officials wonder if tribes have the financial resources to address the crisis.
Mar. 19, 2018
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