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AG: Az opioid firm fraudulently promoted over-prescribing of drug

Arizona on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Chandler-based opioid firm alleging that they participated in fraudulent practices that led to overprescription of a powerful opioid drug.... Read more»

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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»

Doctors teeter on divide between pain treatment, opioid abuse

A new 400-page report by leading doctors across the country called on the FDA to develop new regulations for opioid prescriptions, balancing the need to treat pain properly and avoid opioid abuse.... Read more»

Ducey declares opioid emergency in Arizona

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declared a public health emergency spurred by a devastating jump in Arizona opioid deaths in 2016, calling for a coordinated effort by the medical community and state and local governments to find solutions to an epidemic.... Read more»

Meth gathers alarming momentum

The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years and driven major reforms in law enforcement and public health policies for people with addiction. But another deadly but popular drug, methamphetamine, also has been surging in many parts of the country. ... Read more»

Yuma Sector agents seize $400,000 in heroin at Greyhound station

Yuma Sector agents seized more than 20 pounds of heroin worth more than $400,000 at a Greyhound bus station in Blythe, Calif., on Wednesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

BP agents seize $210K in heroin in central Tucson

Border Patrol agents arrested two men and seized $210,000 worth of heroin during an incident in Tucson on Wednesday evening, authorities said. ... Read more»

Kelly: Trump is giving him ‘elbow room’ on what border wall should be

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a Senate committee Wednesday that his department will not build a border wall “from sea to shining sea,” but will instead use a variety of techniques to secure the Southwest border.... Read more»

Access to overdose drug Narcan slow, but growing

Arizona enacted a law last year allowing the purchase of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone without a prescription — but training for pharmacists, and the state Medicaid program’s inability to cover the cost without a prescription, have slowed access to the drug.... Read more»

Nogales CBP officers make 2nd-largest heroin seizure in Tucson office history

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers made the second-largest seizure of heroin in the Tucson Field Office's history on Saturday when they found 88 pounds of heroin worth nearly $1.5 million in an SUV, authorities said. ... Read more»

Street hustle: The truth behind 'new' police tool for confronting fentanyl menace

A drug test manufacturer has repackaged an old, error-prone chemical formula as a "hot ... new!" cutting-edge product — but there is nothing new about the fentanyl testing kit except its name. The new kits are little more than a repurposed chemical test that has been used to detect all manner of substances for more than a century.... Read more»

CBP: Weekend haul at Arizona crossings turns up $606K in drugs

Customs and Border Protection officers in Lukeville and Nogales intercepted 284 pounds of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana worth a combined $606,000 last weekend Four people were arrested in multiple smuggling attempts. ... Read more»

16 arrested in raids targeting Tucson-based heroin ring

Federal agents and Pima County Sheriff's deputies led a series of raids at more than a dozen locations in Southern Arizona as part of a multi-agency effort aimed at taking apart a heroin trafficking ring responsible for moving at least $1 million in drugs and weapons over the last year, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: Nearly $650K in heroin, cocaine, and meth seized in Nogales

Nearly 156 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine — worth almost $650,0000 — were intercepted by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers in two seizures on Wednesday, authorities said.... Read more»

Ducey limits initial opioid prescription to 7 days

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed an executive order that will prohibit millions of Arizonans from filling initial prescriptions for more than seven days’ worth of opioids.... Read more»

Three U.S. citizens arrested for smuggling meth, cocaine through Nogales this week

Three U.S. citizens were among six arrested by Customs and Border Protection agents in multiple incidents since Saturday for attempting to smuggle $586,000 in "hard drugs," including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine through Nogales-area ports. ... Read more»

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