Arizona's Opioid Epidemic

Arizonas Opioid Epidemic
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
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
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
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
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
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