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Doctors teeter on divide between pain treatment, opioid abuse

A new 400-page report by leading doctors across the country called on the FDA to develop new regulations for opioid prescriptions, balancing the need to treat pain properly and avoid opioid abuse.... Read more»

Most states list deadly methadone as 'preferred drug'

Methadone far surpasses all other opiates as a cause of overdose deaths. But most state Medicaid agencies continue to list it as a “preferred drug” for chronic pain. ... Read more»

Pain-killer robbery suspect arrested

The man accused in a string of armed robberies of pharmacies around Tucson was arrested Saturday by South Tucson police.... Read more»

Police ID accused pain-killer bandit

Tucson police have identified the man suspected of five armed robberies at pharmacies around the city and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.... Read more»2

Police search for pain-killer bandit

Tucson police are looking for a man who is suspected of robbing drug stores at gunpoint for the pain killer oxycodone.... Read more»

Officials hope to stem increase in prescription drug overdoses

Prescription painkillers such as oxycodone or methadone have increasingly been involved in overdose deaths in Arizona in recent years amid a national trend of skyrocketing numbers of drug overdose deaths in the past decade.... Read more»