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Military IDs soldier on border deployment found dead near Nogales; no foul play indicated

A U.S. Army solidier deployed to the Mexican border in Arizona was found dead Saturday near Nogales. Foul play was not suspected in the death of PFC Steven Hodges, officials said, but few details were released.... Read more»

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Incomplete smuggling tunnel found in Nogales by Border Patrol, Mexican police

Border Patrol agents and Mexican Federal Police discovered an incomplete cross-border tunnel in Nogales on Wednesday afternoon. ... Read more»

Arizona justices find cannabis extracts legal for medical pot patients

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state law protects the manufacture and use of cannabis concentrates, not just the plant itself. ... Read more»

Nation’s first opioid trial promises long odds, high drama

An Oklahoma trial will provide Americans the first chance to hear the full scope of arguments on both sides in any of the lawsuits claiming that false and aggressive marketing by U.S. painkiller manufacturers caused an opioid overdose crisis.... Read more»

Despite rhetoric, border counties’ violent crime about average for U.S.

An analysis of four years of violent crime data for the border counties as a whole showed they were usually slightly above the national average, following no obvious trend.... Read more»

Ultralight buzzes over border; $500K in smuggled drugs seized

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents tracked a modified ultralight airplane to an improvised runway southeast of Tucson, and seized nearly $500,000 in methamphetamine and fentanyl Thursday night, authorities said. ... Read more»

19 arrested, poppy field near border destroyed in joint U.S.-Mexico operation vs. drug scouts

Mexican officials destroyed a poppy field, seized more than 250 pounds of narcotics, and arrested 19 people over the weekend west of Nogales during a joint operation aided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, authorities said. ... Read more»

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»

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»

Nogales CBP nabs $3.7M in 'hard drugs' from cars; 4 arrested

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized 268 lbs. of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine worth a combined $3.7 million from private vehicles, and arrested four people. ... 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»

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»

Huckelberry: County plans to seek Stonegarden funding to care for asylum-seekers

Two weeks before the Board of Supervisors considers a controversial border enforcement grant, a top official said Pima County intends to apply for additional funding under the Homeland Security-led grant to cover care and transport for asylum-seekers who have been released here by U.S. immigration officials. ... Read more»

Opioid treatment programs developing suicide prevention plans

Health researchers are finding concrete evidence that overdose and suicide — which are among the top 10 in the United States — are intrinsically related.... Read more»

Ducey supports plan to close border, but Trump announces year delay

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gave conditional support Wednesday to a “short as possible” border shutdown, then shifted the blame to Congress. But President Trump announced Thursday that he'll put off closing crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

Training, new tactics can reduce dangers to police handling drugs

The case of two Phoenix police officers who were hospitalized this week after accidentally being exposed to a white powder comes as police departments are training officers and changing their policies on how to handle suspicious substances.... Read more»

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