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Americans overdosing on drugs at new record high

One person died from a drug overdose every five minutes in the United States in 2021, a record level that is up 15% from overdose deaths counted in 2020 and 30% higher than pre-pandemic estimates in 2019.... Read more»

Will fear of prescribing opioids fuel illegal addiction?

Doctors are becoming increasingly reluctant to prescribe opioids for pain treatment for fear of being criminally charged in the future and experts worry that the future of treating pain in America will drastically change — possibly exacerbating addiction and illegal drug use.... Read more»

Few Arizona mental health providers as COVID-19 spikes anxiety, depression

Arizona ranks close to last in the nation when it comes to available mental health care providers – a problem that’s been underscored during a pandemic that is increasing anxiety and depression.... Read more»

Health officials report increases in drug overdoses, suicides during COVID-19 pandemic

As social distancing and isolation continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many states across the country are reporting an increase in reported drug overdoses and suicides, including Arizona.... Read more»

Sinema opposes movement to ‘defund the police’

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema opposes proposals to defund police departments, according to her office.... Read more»

Syringe program for addicts operates in legal gray area as debate continues

While the debate around laws that would allow clean needle exchange programs to operate legally in Arizona continues, one organization continues working in a legal gray area to help stop the spread of disease.... Read more»

Goofball: Dangerous drug combination increases likelihood of opioid overdoses

More opioid users nationwide now use meth, with a 34% increase in 2017, According to a study published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal. The greatest increases in meth use were reported in the western U.S.... Read more»

Brnovich makes long-shot pitch to Supreme Court to take opioid lawsuit

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to stop the Sackler family from “looting” Purdue Pharma of billions of dollars being sought by victims of the opioid crisis the company is accused of helping create.... Read more»

Wounded Warrior Regiment

Hurt twice: once in war and once in treatment

A Department of Defense report said a program aimed at helping wounded Marines and sailors has resulted in terrible medical care, long delays in service and service members who felt like they were in a “petting zoo.... Read more»

UA grant funds rehabilitation for moms

The UA's Institute for Research on Women will help poor working moms overcome addiction with a $1.6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration.... Read more»

Drug addiction surges in Dominican Republic

Dominican drug rehab centers are struggling to keep up with a rise in crack and cocaine addiction, a consequence of the country’s decades-long role as a transshipment point in the international drug trade.... Read more»1