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As e-cig use climbs, schools address problem with vape detectors

E-cigarette use rose 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018. As vaping grows, raising health and addiction concerns, Arizona schools are addressing the problem by installing vape detectors in restrooms.... Read more»0

‘Afflicted not addicted’: Chronic pain sufferers rally for access to opioids

Debra Hickey, who has lived with chronic pain for two decades, recently went to her medical specialist for her regular dose of 30 milligrams of oxycodone. The doctor told her she had to reduce the dosage because of state regulations to decrease the number and dosage in patients’ opioid prescriptions. Hickey, 63, of Phoenix, was appalled. And scared.... Read more»0

Ducey proposes 2020 budget: Rainy-day fund, drought & teacher pay

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday proposed a fiscal year 2020 budget that would double the rainy day fund to $1 billion, put aside $165 million to hike teacher salaries and battle drought.... Read more»0