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Since June of 2017, there have been 3,891 suspect opioid deaths in Arizona.Since June of 2017, there have been 32,522 suspect opioid overdoses in Arizona.Since June of 2017, there have been 67,877 naloxone doses dispensed in Arizona.Since June of 2017, there have been 1,183 diagnoses of neonatal abstinence syndrome in Arizona.Source: Arizona Department of Health Services
The Stories
Tucson Police program offers drug treatment for some instead of arrest

Tucson Police program offers drug treatment for some instead of arrest

Arizona 360 sees how the program is implemented with the department's Substance Use Resource Team.
ARIZONA 360 March 13, 2020
Some pushing for wider distribution of opioid-overdose antidote

Some pushing for wider distribution of opioid-overdose antidote

With hundreds of overdoses so far this year, law enforcement and health workers are using naloxone to save lives.
NEWS FEATURE March 5, 2020
Novel or familiar: A conversation about drug addiction and the brain

Novel or familiar: A conversation about drug addiction and the brain

Researchers are seeking a better understanding of compulsive behavior on a cellular level.
NEWS FEATURE February 19, 2020
How green light might help pain sufferers wary of opioid addiction

How green light might help pain sufferers wary of opioid addiction

A UA scientist is researching how the color green can be used to help manage chronic pain.
NEWS FEATURE February 19, 2020
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Diversion programs aimed at lowering drug-related incarcerations in Pima County

Diversion programs aimed at lowering drug-related incarcerations in Pima County

The county attorney's office says its approach is unique in Arizona.
ARIZONA 360 February 28, 2020
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How Pima County treats inmates with addiction, behavioral health issues

How Pima County treats inmates with addiction, behavioral health issues

Lorraine Rivera toured the jail with correctional officers and health care staff.
ARIZONA 360NEWS FEATURE February 28, 2020
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Opioid treatment options lacking in rural Arizona

Opioid treatment options lacking in rural Arizona

A discussion with AZPM reporter Jake Steinberg.
ARIZONA 360 February 7, 2020
Arizona Spotlight Special: Arizona Addicted

Arizona Spotlight Special: Arizona Addicted

Tearing down the stigma that surrounds opioid addiction with stories from Arizonans who have lived the experience, and found the road to recovery.
ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT February 11, 2020
Scientist exploring how intermittent fasting might prevent addiction

Scientist exploring how intermittent fasting might prevent addiction

If fasting has the same effect on humans as it does on mice, John Streicher says it could be a way to help prevent opioid addiction.
NEWS FEATURE February 11, 2020
Pascua Yaqui clinic working to treat opioid addiction, overcome stigma

Pascua Yaqui clinic working to treat opioid addiction, overcome stigma

The clinic is the state's only medication-assisted treatment facility on tribal land.
NEWS FEATURE February 6, 2020
Miles from Recovery: How distance and stigma keep rural Arizonans from opioid treatment

Miles from Recovery: How distance and stigma keep rural Arizonans from opioid treatment

As treatment options expand, solutions remain elusive for some.
NEWS FEATURE February 4, 2020
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Tackling opioid addiction with treatment, not arrest

Police in Southern Arizona are embracing programs to help people break the cycle of addiction without resorting to the criminal justice system.

Arizona now has misgivings about Purdue opioid settlement

The attorney general says the maker of OxyContin has worked to undermine terms of the settlement.

Santa Cruz County gets grant to fight opioid crisis

15 Nogales medical providers and social service agencies to develop a plan for fighting opioid addictions and overdoses.

Report: Opioids, Mental Health Are Top Pima County Health Care Concerns

The opioid epidemic and mental health loom large in the county's triennial report prepared by medical nonprofits.

Tucson, Pima County Sue Opioid Industry

The suit claims manufacturers deceived the public about the addictive nature of opioids.

Tucson Police Focusing on Opioids

The department wants other law enforcement agencies to join their efforts.

Arizona Opioid Helpline Takes More Than 1,000 Calls, Officials Say

The 24/7 service is being touted as the first of its kind in the nation.

TMC Sues Opioid Industry

The hospital is the first in Arizona to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Illicit Opioid Seizures Rise as Prescriptions Drop

A discussion with DEA special agent in charge Doug Coleman.

Insurer Backs Effort to Address Opioid Misuse, Overdoses

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is spending $10M on an effort to support prevention, treatment and recovery programs.

Arizona Among States Likely to Overprescribe Opioids for Ankle Sprains

Opioids are not a first-line treatment for ankle-sprains, yet their use is common in nine states.
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I Love You, Bye

Arizona Illustrated producer Vanessa Barchfield shares a deeply personal story about her father and his lifelong illness.
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What Arizona’s opioid prescription guidelines mean for physicians

An expert says old prescribing habits are hard to change, but that there has been a noticeable shift.
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Thousands of calls placed to Arizona’s opioid help hotline

Officials say the line has helped thousands since its launch and has also saved lives.
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Treating chronic pain without an opioid prescription

A look at emerging options for patients.
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Nature's Healing

The Amity Foundation has created a program where people in recovery are getting in touch with nature at the Circle Tree Ranch.
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Why words matter when discussing addiction and mental health

As part of Arizona Addicted, a discussion about overcoming stigmas.
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Grief and questions remain for family of woman who battled addiction

Arizona 360 follows up with Jerry and Louise Beitel.
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Fentanyl seizures up nearly 75% in Pinal County

Sheriff Mark Lamb describes how the drug is impacting the county.
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Seizing fentanyl at Arizona’s border

How CBP and the DEA have adopted new strategies to detect the drug.
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ADHS director on steps taken to curb opioid overdoses

Impacts made by the 2018 Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act.

Arizona: Statewide Opioid Resources

Collected by the University of Arizona Mel & End Zuckerman College of Public Health

Community Interactive: Arizona Addicted

On January 23, 2020, Arizona Public Media presented a community interactive event that explores Arizona’s opioid epidemic and its impact on Southern Arizona. Watch the full panel here.
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