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Arizona committee approves measure to ease SNAP requirements for ex-felons

A bill, sponsored by Snowflake Republican Rep. Walt Blackman, to help individuals in Arizona with drug-related felony convictions keep food on the table cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, taking its first step toward becoming law. ... Read more»

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Ex-inmates would face less food insecurity under Az GOP proposal to ease SNAP restrictions

Arizona Republican Rep. Walt Blackman is backing legislation that would expand access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for recently released felons by requiring only that the formerly incarcerated person follow their terms of probation to qualify for food assistance.... Read more»

Social media, fentanyl a 'deadly' combination, DEA warns

The DEA confiscated millions of counterfeit fentanyl pills and over 28,000 pounds of methamphetamine as of 2020 - but keeping track of the transportation and distribution has become more complicated, because drug traffickers are using social media to sell the pills.... Read more»

Comunidades rurales reciben ayuda para casos de emergencia de salud mental

En medio de dos crisis que se cruzan en Estados Unidos, una epidemia de opioides y el maltrato de las llamadas de emergencia de salud mental, el gobierno federal ha otorgado $ 5.6 millones para capacitar mejor a los trabajadores médicos de emergencia rurales.... Read more»

Federal grant pays for training of emergency medical workers in rural communities

Amid two intersecting crises in America – an opioid epidemic and mistreatment of emergency mental health calls – the federal government has awarded $5.6 million to better train rural emergency medical workers to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness.... Read more»

CBP busts 'record-breaking' haul of 3,300 lbs of meth in Nogales

Customs and Border Protection officers made the largest seizure of meth in the Tucson Field's Office's history Wednesday when they found nearly 3,300 pounds worth asbout $7.7 million stashed in a shipment of auto parts.... Read more»

Con más muertes por sobredosis, defensores claman por una naloxona de venta libre

Aumentar el acceso a la naloxona es una parte clave de la estrategia de prevención de sobredosis de la administración Biden, pero los defensores dicen que la administración no ha abordado su mayor barrera para obtener el medicamento que salva vidas.... Read more»

Pima County Attorney to stop prosecuting simple drug cases, citing COVID

With COVID-19 cases again spiking, Pima County Attorney Laura Conover announced Tuesday that she'll no longer be prosecuting many drug cases, to avoid potential exposures in the county jail. Cases that involve other felonies will still be brought, she said.... Read more»

How the pandemic helped spread fentanyl across the U.S. and drive overdose deaths to grim new high

The latest tally from the CDC shows that for the first time ever, the number of Americans who fatally overdosed over the course of a year surpassed 100,000 - a soaring death toll fueled by illicitly synthesized fentanyl that is increasingly replacing heroin. ... Read more»

Critics say 'social equity' marijuana licenses will just make cannabis giants richer

The final licenses to sell marijuana in Arizona are set to be given out through the social equity program - but the reality is that bureaucratic hurdles, corporate greed and a rapidly consolidating marijuana market will drive those profits directly into the hands of large companies.... Read more»

Along the U.S.-Mexico border, journalism Is an act of resistance

Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly, journalism professors based at the University of Arizona, spent the last decade collecting dozens of oral histories from journalists working along the U.S.-Mexico border, and in Mexican states hit hard by drug violence. ... Read more»

El Chapo's brother indicted in Tucson for drug trafficking, U.S. offers $5M reward

Federal officials in Tucson unsealed two indictments against Aureliano Guzmán-Loera — the brother of the notorious drug kingpin known as El Chapo — charging him and other high-ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel with international drug trafficking.... Read more»

26 marijuana dispensary licenses available through Arizona equity program

A new marijuana social equity program in Arizona will allow minorities, low-level marijuana offenders and others affected by the lengthy war on drugs to purchase one of 26 licenses available to qualified candidates. ... Read more»

U.S. and Mexico to take a more 'holistic' approach to public safety

The proposed "U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities," which, like the Mérida Initiative before, approaches the problems of drug trafficking, violence, and abuse on the basis of the countries’ "shared responsibility" for the problems. ... Read more»

Border agents at I-19 checkpoint seize 53 lbs. of fentanyl from U.S. citizen

Border Patrol agents seized more than 50 pounds of fentanyl from a U.S. citizen Monday morning at the I-19 checkpoint, authorities said. ... Read more»

Funeral set Friday for DEA agent killed in Amtrak shooting

A public funeral for DEA Special Agent Michael Garbo will be held Friday, October 8, at Calvary Chapel in Tucson. ... Read more»

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