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OxyContin’s makers delayed the reckoning for their role in the opioid crisis by funding think tanks, placing friendly experts on leading outlets, and deterring or challenging negative coverage. Read more»

Arizona has recorded more than 3,300 opioid-related deaths in the past two years, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, part of a national crisis of deaths in recent decades related to prescription painkillers.

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»

The Texas Attorney General's Office says Purdue Pharma fueled "the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers," including OxyContin Read more»

Arizona has sanctioned 250 doctors and physician assistants for overprescribing prescription pain pills during the past 16 years.

It can take years for a physician to be penalized for over-prescribing opioids and it's rare for licenses to be revoked. Since 2010, more than 3,600 people have overdosed and died from opioids in Arizona. Over the past 16 years, the state has sanctioned 250 doctors and assistants for overprescribing prescription pain pills. Read more»

In recent months there has been an increasing emphasis on health providers and the agencies that oversee them to stem access to widely abused prescription drugs. Read more»

These bottles were turned over at a recent drug-takeback day in Tempe organized by law enforcement organizations.

Experts say an epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Arizona is fueling a spike in heroin use. “The gateway to heroin use is through prescription pain pills containing oxycodone and hydrocodone,” said a Scottsdale addiction doctor. “Over 95 percent of heroin addicts that I see got their start using prescription opioids.” (with video) Read more» 1