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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»

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DEA expands medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse

In an effort to combat what it said were misperceptions about its policy, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced plans to expand access to medication-assisted treatment to help those suffering from substance use disorders.... Read more»

Stiff fentanyl sentences in Arizona would target users, not just dealers, critics say

A GOP plan to impose stiff prison sentences against those who make and sell fentanyl is more likely to sweep up drug addicts than the dealers it ostensibly seeks to punish, critics said Thursday. ... Read more»

Life expectancy fell a 'shocking' 1.8 years in 2020; COVID not sole culprit

U.S. life expectancy fell by an “unprecedented and shocking” 1.8 years between 2019 and 2020, a dramatic drop that experts say can only partly be blamed on the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Fox on crack

Right now, the Fox News b.s. is that President Biden is going to spend $30 million to distribute free crack pipes. These right-wingers took a lie, spun it into a conspiracy theory, then laced it with racism.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Being arrested in Pima County should not be a death sentence

Last year was the deadliest year at the Pima County Jail since at least 2009. In 2021, one person died in the jail approximately every 31 days – the majority of them young men of color “found unresponsive in their cells.” ... Read more»

Biden gets low marks for 'missed opportunities' on justice reform

Justice reform advocates say they are “dissatisfied” with the Biden administration’s progress, arguing that even some of the easier pledges the president made on the campaign trail have gone unfulfilled.... 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»

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»

Biden pick to lead FDA fields questions over pharma ties, abortion pill, COVID tests

Dr. Robert Califf, former head of the Food and Drug Administration and President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the FDA again, drew praise from a top Senate Republican, as well as critical questions from conservatives and others during a Tuesday confirmation hearing. ... Read more»

After years of addiction, heartbreak, former Arizona star Vance Johnson helps others

Vance Johnson, prep All-American in football and track at Cholla High School and former University of Arizona football star and NFL wide receiver now shares the story of his fall into substance abuse during and after his playing days to help combat the opioid epidemic.... 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»

DPS troopers seize $1.7 million in narcotics near Marana

State police arrested two men following an Interstate 10 traffic stop near Marana on charges of transportation of an illegal drug for sale and seized $1.7 million worth of banned narcotics. ... Read more»

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