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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»

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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»

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»

With overdose deaths surging, advocates on the ground push for over-the-counter naloxone

As overdose deaths nationwide reach all-time highs, increasing access to naloxone is a key part of the Biden administration's overdose prevention strategy - but advocates say the administration has not addressed their greatest barrier to obtaining the lifesaving medication.... Read more»

Q&A: How a brother’s drug overdose led to one woman’s crusade to reduce harm

Jaclyn Brown has transformed grief from losing her brother to an overdose into action; since August 2020, Brown has served as volunteer coordinator at Shot in the Dark, a nonprofit that provides clean syringes, overdose medication, and other resources to people struggling with addiction. ... Read more»

Fentanyl overdoses leading cause of death among young people in Pima County

Fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death among kids and teenagers 19 and under in Pima County, putting the county on pace to set a record for overdose deaths for the third consecutive year. ... Read more»1

Man dies of overdose as Tucson police respond to prowler call

A 29-year-old Tucson man died of an apparent overdose Tuesday morning as police responded to a report of a backyard prowler, officials said. The death was the latest in what Chief Magnus called a "staggering" string of fatal overdoses.... Read more»

Outside autopsy finds Ingram-Lopez died of 'suffocation' while detained by Tucson police

An autopsy done on the behalf of the family of Carlos Ingram-Lopez said he died from "suffocation" when he was pinned down by three Tucson police officers during an incident in April, challenging the conclusions of the government investigation. ... Read more»

Ingram-Lopez family wants Magnus to stay, city manager rejects TPD chief's resignation

Police Chief Chris Magnus should not resign, said the family of Carlos Ingram-Lopez, who died while being restrained by police in April. Tucson's city manager turned down the offer, made as controversy swirls after the revelation of the death.... Read more»2

Details revealed about Ingram-Lopez death in police custody; TPD chief offers to resign

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus offered his resignation Wednesday at a news conference in which details were finally released about the April death of 27-year-old Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez while being restrained by police.... Read more»

'Alarming increase': Fentanyl passes meth as cause of OD deaths in Pima County

A "sustained increase" in the number of overdose deaths related to fentanyl — which are numbering more than a decreasing number of fatal meth ODs — has Pima County officials issuing an alert to healthcare providers.... Read more»

CD1 Republican candidate suspends campaign after heroin overdose

Chris Taylor, a Safford city councilman vying to run as a Republican in Arizona's CD1, ended his campaign for Congress after he was found overdosed on heroin last week.... Read more»

How fentanyl changed the opiod equation

As governors in the hardest-hit states call for intensified law enforcement efforts and stiffer penalties for fentanyl dealers, public health officials say this latest drug scourge underscores the urgent need to get more people into treatment, particularly those who use heroin. ... 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»

Az House panel advances bill to let more first responders administer overdose antidote

The bill would allow more first responders such as peace officers and basic-level emergency medical technicians to carry and administer naloxone hydrochloride and other opiate antidotes.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Allow more first responders to give antidote to opiate overdoses

When a person overdoses on an opiate-based painkiller, life or death can hinge on how quickly a first responder or doctor administers drugs known as opiate antagonists. A state lawmaker wants to allow more first responders to give them to overdose victims. ... Read more»

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