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Hispanics show immunity from rising U.S. suicide rates

Experts attribute the relatively low suicide rate among Latinos to the culture’s strong family and community support systems, which appear to provide some degree of protection. ... Read more»

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Tucson felons set aside their past with rights restoration clinics

Felons with multiple convictions cannot vote, run for public office, sit on a jury or possess a firearm. They must have these rights restored via what is called a judicial “set aside.” In general, the set aside is an important step for former prisoners to return to a “normal” life. ... Read more»

Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

The overdose death rate among Native Americans is three times the rate in the general population. As the opioid epidemic surges, many tribes are investing in treatment and specialized housing on the reservation. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas wages a war on drugs at the border. That might be the wrong place.

An estimated 1.6 million adult Texans have substance use disorders, many addicted to drugs that arrive illegally from Mexico. ... Read more»

'Health index' scores Az counties on residents’ welfare, major health issues

Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less.... Read more»

Arizona homelessness down 30% since 2010, nat'l report says

The number of homeless people fell nearly 30 percent in Arizona in the last six years, outpacing the decrease nationwide in the same period, according to report Thursday from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.... Read more»

Powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl makes a deadly mark in Arizona

Pima County’s Medical Examiner reported 17 fentanyl-related deaths last year, up from seven in 2014 – a deadly trend involving one of the most potent synthetic opioids in the world.... Read more»

How the nation’s opioid epidemic is morphing — and growing

The nation’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating—and in fact may be headed in a far more dangerous direction.... Read more»

One less battle: Treatment courts keep vets out of jail, in recovery

Veterans treatment courts divert vets who have been charged with a crime and connects them to services. The programs can cut repeat offenses and veteran homelessness sharply, advocates say... Read more»

UA researchers developing new way to look deep inside the brain

Researchers at the University of Arizona may be on the cusp of a breakthrough when it comes to examining the deepest parts of the brain.... Read more»

Are animal hoarders criminals?

Reports of people hoarding animals are on the rise, driven partly by the attention social media and reality TV programs have focused on the public health and safety problem. And states and localities are finding themselves walking a fine line between criminalizing the compulsive behavior and helping people with the mental illness that underlies it.... Read more»

Opioid dependence leads to 'tsunami' of medical services, study finds

In one of the first looks at privately insured patients with opioid problems, researchers paint a grim picture: Medical services for people with opioid dependence diagnoses skyrocketed more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on torture

Donald Trump said that “enhanced interrogation … works.” But scientists have shown that the stress and pain induced by techniques like waterboarding can impair memory, and, therefore, inhibit a person from recalling information.... Read more»

Busting myths about mental illness

Mental illness is common — and so are misconceptions about it. These too-often-believed myths can be harmful to you and your loved ones.... Read more»

How tying gun restrictions to mental health has failed

n the wake of a mass shooting, a furious political debate inevitably erupts: Does gun violence stem from mental-health issues or from easy access to firearms? A new study suggests that regulators' attempt to predict which people are likely to use a gun to cause harm needs fine-tuning. ... Read more»

States trying to bridge care gap for traumatized vets

Many of the hundreds of thousands of veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder are going without the help they need, which is prompting several states to step in.... Read more»

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