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As the opioid crisis peaks, meth and cocaine deaths explode

It turns out that the same lethal drug that has been driving the nation’s spiraling opioid epidemic, fentanyl, is also causing an historic surge in overdose deaths among cocaine users. ... Read more»

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Public health vs. parent choice: The vaccination debate in Arizona

Health officials warn that vaccination rates are deteriorating across Arizona, risking public health as parents continue to opt out of immunizations.... Read more»

Worker advocates burned up over lack of federal heat protections

OSHA has yet to establish a heat standard that would give employers specific requirements regarding water, rest breaks and shade. ... Read more»

Dust, particle pollution disproportionately affect Latino and poor communities

More than 174,000 Arizona youth have asthma — many of them minorities and from low-income families, who bear a greater "pollution burden." " ... Read more»

A different border crisis: It’s not security or immigration, it’s sewage

The aging network of pipes that run from Mexico to wastewater treatment plants in the U.S. When heavy rains fall, the pipes often break and spill raw sewage on both sides of the border, causing not only a putrid odor but public health and environmental concerns.... Read more»

‘A blind eye in medicine’: Bias can affect the health of patients of color

A 20-year-study by a Tucson physician and researcher found physicians can treat African-American and Latino patients with less rigorous care.... Read more»

Immigrant song: Venezuelan HIV/AIDS victims provide insight into life in a collapsing economy

Venezuelan HIV/AIDS victims find life-saving treatment in Peru, relying on nonprofits to connect them to options.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McSally: The crisis at home: Opioids

The opioid crisis hits close to home for too many Arizonans. Since 2017, 20,432 Arizonans suffered from an opioid overdose and countless are suffering with destructive addiction today.... Read more»

Indian national dies in ICE custody after posting bond with La Paz County Sheriff

An Indian man being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a county jail, died at a hospital in Parker, Ariz., on Friday morning. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Another 'presto, change-o' state tax on local government explained

When the state of Arizona runs into budget troubles, it rolls things downhill and makes counties pay for them. These are tax increases magically imposed by the state with fast, tricky hands. This is a column about the politics of who pays, who doesn't and who looks good doing it.... Read more»

Traveler with contagious measles case may have exposed public at Tucson airport

A visitor to Tucson may have exposed the public to an active case of measles at Tucson International Airport on Monday, officials warned.... Read more»

Court lets class-action suit proceed against state for foster care

A divided federal appeals court Friday ruled that a class-action lawsuit over the state’s care of foster children can proceed against the Arizona Department of Child Safety and the state’s Medicaid agency.... Read more»

Guest opinion

'New NAFTA' does nothing to lower prescription drug costs for seniors

The high cost of prescription drugs is a huge issue for all Arizonans, and especially for retirees. But if Congress approves the newly negotiated NAFTA in its current form (the USMCA), the problem could be made even worse.... Read more»

The way we were

Pima County has long history of helping those in need

Pima County has provided for the less fortunate in one way or another since its earliest days, more often than not in partnership with community groups.... Read more»

These states are not so chill about air conditioners’ climate emissions

The comfort of air conditioning comes with an environmental cost — one a growing number of states are trying to reduce by phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.... Read more»

Most Az doctors don't use Rx drug database, despite state law

Arizona law requires doctors to check a state database before they write a new prescription for a controlled substance, such as opioids. Yet less than 40 percent do.... Read more»

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