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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.