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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»

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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»

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»

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»

Do less harm: Testing for fentanyl program pioneered in Baltimore is illegal in Arizona

Baltimore and Phoenix are two completely different cities culturally and geographically, but they’re both experiencing the same problem: increased deaths due to opioid overdoses, specifically those involving powerful fentanyl.... 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»

At Nogales border crossings, CBP uses tech & instincts to detect drugs

CBP officers in late January seized a record 245 pounds of fentanyl at the busy commercial crossing in Nogales. Officials say technology and alert officers at the port of entry were key to the bust.... 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»

Border communities deal with onslaught of fentanyl overdoses

Despite record seizures of fentanyl at U.S. border crossings, a rise in overdoses is forcing law enforcement officials to change tactics, emphasizing information and public engagement, as well as drugs to reverse opioid overdoses.... Read more»

350 lbs of 'hard drugs' nabbed in Nogales, worth $4.4 million

Nogales-area border officers seized nearly 350 pounds of "hard drugs" — including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and "suspected" fentanyl — worth $4.4 million during three separate incidents on Saturday. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

If border states had an actual emergency, it might look a lot like climate change

Arizona does face real emergencies — and we could use some of that extra quarter-billion in new defense spending Trump has sought since taking office.... Read more»

Nogales CBP officers seize record-breaking 250-lb load of fentanyl

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized 254 lbs. of fentanyl Saturday — worth $3.5 million, it was the largest single seizure of the drug in CBP history. The haul was discovered at a border crossing, along with nearly 400 lbs. of meth.... Read more»1

‘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»

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»

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»

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