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Denounced as 'broken' years ago, CBP discipline system still not fixed

An expert panel’s pleas for swifter, more consistent, more transparent punishment of rogue agents languish.... Read more»

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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»

As fentanyl seizures rise, so do safety concerns around the deadly drug

Fentanyl can kill in tiny doses and is difficult to detect, making it hard for medical professionals and law enforcement to get a handle on the crisis.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump's claims about border wall fall flat

President Trump repeated false claims during while discussing the border wall to be built with Mexican money that was a signature campaign promise.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump-Schumer-Pelosi Oval Office spat

The Oval Office dustup between President Donald Trump versus Democratic Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi requires some factual parsing.... Read more»

How fentanyl changed the opiod equation

As governors in the hardest-hit states call for intensified law enforcement efforts and stiffer penalties for fentanyl dealers, public health officials say this latest drug scourge underscores the urgent need to get more people into treatment, particularly those who use heroin. ... Read more»

Deadly fentanyl disguised as 'black tar heroin' showing up on Tucson streets

A dark drug is being peddled by Southern Arizona dealers: a concoction of potentially lethal levels of the synthetic narcotic fentanyl and burned sugar, designed to resemble black tar heroin, authorities said.... Read more»

Former DEA agent pleads guilty to selling firearms without license

A former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency pleaded guilty in Tucson's federal court on Tuesday to illegally selling firearms without a license. ... Read more»

Fentanyl overdoses rise, cartels still eager to funnel more via Arizona

Despite significant seizures of fentanyl over the past year, the lethal synthetic opioid keeps pouring into the country across Arizona’s border with Mexico, the DEA and state DPS say.... Read more»

Top ICE agents seek to split agency, separate investigations from deportations

Agents heading field offices for Homeland Security Investigations, a part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have asked to be split from the part of the agency that focuses on detaining and deporting immigrants. ... Read more»

Chilling new report cites greater death toll in Mexican massacre

A disturbing report by Mexican researchers provides new details about a 2011 massacre in Allende, a quiet ranching town less than an hour’s drive from the United States, and suggests that many more people were killed in the incident than estimated by Mexican authorities. ... Read more»

Top Democrats demand inquiry Into deadly DEA-led operations

Lawmakers cite a ProPublica investigation and an inspector general report that detail how teams of foreign police officers trained by the DEA were linked to innocent lives lost in Mexico and Honduras.... Read more»

Will Trump’s wall stop drug smuggling?

President Donald Trump says that his proposed wall along the Mexico border “will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country.” We cannot predict the future, but the fact is that most illicit drugs pass undetected through legal ports of entry.... Read more»

40% of Arizona adults know someone addicted to painkillers

More than four in ten adults in Arizona know someone who who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, according to a new poll. “Opioid addiction knows no boundaries,” said Douglas Coleman of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “It affects every demographic. It affects rich, poor, black, white. It affects everybody.”... Read more»

Az medical boards can take years to penalize doctors who overprescribe

It can take years for a physician to be penalized for over-prescribing opioids and it's rare for licenses to be revoked. Since 2010, more than 3,600 people have overdosed and died from opioids in Arizona. Over the past 16 years, the state has sanctioned 250 doctors and assistants for overprescribing prescription pain pills.... Read more»

Experts: Doctor training key to fighting opioid epidemic

Although Arizona has developed a training program for doctors on prescribing opioids and treating chronic pain, the state does not mandate doctors take continuing education in pain management, controlled-substance prescribing or substance-abuse disorders – as several other states do.... Read more»

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