• (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Clean out you medicine cabinet! The DEA wants your drugs

    Put on by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the drug take-back event gives you the opportunity to safely dispose of pills that have expired or that you no longer need or want.

  • Avondale mom Shannon Neitch lost her son Scott three years ago this August. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Pill to the needle to the grave: Does gov’s new opioid plan do enough?

    Does the state’s new Opioid Epidemic Act do enough to help the hundreds of thousands of Arizona families that are already addicted? We talked with two valley moms whose sons overdosed. They say the governor's plan is doing nothing to stop a generation of prescription narcotic users from becoming heroin addicts who are as good as dead, unless we find another out.  

  • In this June 27, 2016 photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a member of the RCMP opens a printer ink bottle containing the opioid carfentanil imported from China, in Vancouver. (Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP)

    New drug on Arizona's streets? DEA confirms first carfentanil overdose death

    People here are getting their hands on a highly dangerous drug called carfentanil and it has already claimed a life, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

  • (CNN)

    Drug overdoses tied to 24-fold rise in organ transplants

    As the opioid epidemic has skyrocketed in the United States, a rise in the number of drug overdose deaths has contributed to a rise in organ transplants, made possible by overdose-death donors, across the country.

  • Tucson doctor indicted for unlawfully prescribing opioids

    An Arizona grand jury has indicted a Tucson doctor for allegedly prescribing opioids.  

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Mohave County struggles with effects of opioid addiction

    Kingman, Arizona is cashing in on its connection to old Route 66. Examples of Americana line the streets, and those same streets are often lined with tourists and history buffs.

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Former prosecutor and judge speaks up about opioid policy

    Former federal prosecutor and federal judge Paul Katz speaks up about opioid policy. He brings to the discussion both his legal and personal experience as the father of a heroin addict.

  • Needle exchange programs could soon be legal in Arizona. (Source: AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Arizona close to legalizing needle exchange programs

    Republican Rep. Tony Rivero of Peoria  is pushing the legislation as part of an effort to cut opioid addiction and diseases spread from dirty needles.

  • An amendment to a bill would allow opioid addicts to use medical marijuana as part of their treatment. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Could state lawmakers pave the way for medical marijuana to treat opioid addiction?

    A bill first meant to keep pot out of children’s hands has a new, most likely unseen layer to it. An amendment would pave the way to allow people suffering from opioid use disorder to use medical marijuana to wean themselves off opioids.

  • (Source: CNN)

    Opioid Crisis: Have politicians turned it into a war on doctors?

    All month long, Arizona’s Family has been peeling back the layers of our state’s growing opioid epidemic. Now we introduce you to Phoenix general surgeon who has what many call blistering views on political leaders blaming doctors for the current opioid crisis.

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    ASU using sewage to measure opioid use, abuse

    The lab obtains pooled samples of raw sewage and then identifies concentrations of various opioids, including morphine, codeine, oxycodone, heroin and fentanyl.

  • Participants in a naloxone training hosted by the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Club at ASU received kits with syringes and two vials of the overdose reversal drug. (Faith Miller/Cronkite News)

    Saving lives: Nonprofit trains public to administer naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses

    By FAITH MILLER Cronkite News TEMPE – A bearded man sporting a flannel shirt and worn Converse sneakers passes out syringes and vials of colorless liquid to a group of eager students. Nathan Leach of the Sonoran Prevention Works, a nonprofit for people affected by drug use, is arming the public with naloxone, a life-saving antidote to an opioid overdose.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that overdose deaths among Native Americans rose 60 percent faster than they did for the rest of the nation from 1999 to 2015 – and that the disparity may be even higher than that. (Photo by ep_jhu/C

    Tribes, hit hardest by opioid crisis, have least access to federal help

    By PHILIP ATHEY Cronkite News WASHINGTON – The opioid crisis has hit rural Native Americans significantly harder than any group in the nation, and the problem may be even worse because of racial misclassification on death certificates, federal data show.

  • U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, at the podium, addresses the opioid crisis in Indian country in Scottsdale, Ariz., Monday, March 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Anita Snow)

    Zinke tells tribal leaders in Arizona he'll fight opioids

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told tribal leaders in the Phoenix area on Monday that federal law enforcement will work with them to fight distribution of opioid drugs in Indian country.

  • RAW VIDEO: President Trump unveils new opioid plan

    President Donald Trump unveiled his new opioid plan in New Hampshire, calling for the death penalty for some drug dealers.

  • (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Trump pushes death penalty for some drug dealers

    President Donald Trump officially proposed imposing the death penalty for certain drug dealers on Monday. "If we don't get tough on the drug dealers, we are wasting our time," Trump said. "And that toughness includes the death penalty." 

  • (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Trump's opioid plan includes death penalty for drug traffickers

    It's a fate for drug dealers that Trump, who aims to be seen as tough on crime, has been highlighting publicly in recent weeks. 

  • Some people in Scottsdale say there should be regulation on "sober living homes." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Scottsdale takes largely 'hands-off' approach on residential treatment houses/sober living homes

    With the opioid crisis reaching epidemic proportions, there are more treatment facilities and "sober homes" popping up in the Valley. But regulations vary depending on the state.

  • ‘They’re as good as dead if we don’t do something now’

    3TV’s Nicole Crites reports on the Opioid Crisis and how it’s killing Arizona’s youth. Watch the video and hear Nicole’s firsthand perspective after talking to grieving parents right here in Phoenix. Then tune into 3TV on Thursday starting at 6 p.m. for her full report.

  • ER visits for opioid overdose up 30%, CDC says

    The opioid epidemic in the United States shows no signs of slowing, according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

  • (CNN)

    Children overdosing on opioids doubles

    A new study published in the in the Journal Pediatrics says the number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose has nearly doubled since 2004. 

  • A nonprofit in the East Valley gives out clean needles to drug addicts. (Source: korarkar / 123RF Stock)

    Needle exchanges: Should it be legal?

    Every person we spoke to at this East Valley needle exchange told us it all started with pain meds, and it didn't take long for their lives to unravel.

  • (Source: CNN)

    Arizona health officials launch real-time, comprehensive opioid hotline for medical providers

    Arizona is launching one of the country’s first real-time, comprehensive opioid hotlines for healthcare providers. 

  • What is the opioid crisis and how does it affect me?

    Every day, 115 people in America die from overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said prescriptions for opioids fell after peaking in 2010, but were still three times higher in 2015 than they had been in 1999. (Photo by Eric Hunsaker/Creative Commons)

    Opioid prescriptions drop, but Arizona counties still above norm

    Despite recent declines in the number of opioids prescribed in the U.S., prescriptions are still three times higher than they were in 1999.

  • SLIDESHOW: Two Arizona counties have high opioid prescription rates

    The rate at which doctors are prescribing Opioids varies quite significantly based on which county in Arizona you live in.

  • Most agencies, including the Department of Public Safety, stopped field testing when the DEA and CDC sent out warnings about opioid potency.

    INFOGRAPHIC: Numbers paint grim story in Arizona's opioid crisis

    In January 2018, Governor Doug Ducey signed a sweeping new law designed to crack down on Opioid abuse and cut the number of overdose deaths in Arizona.  But just how bad is the crisis in this state?

  • INFOGRAPHICS: Opioid deaths in AZ by age, race, type of opioids

    The number of Arizonans dying from Opioid overdoses has skyrocketed since 2012.  Prescription Opioids account for more overdose deaths than Heroin.  In addition, the epidemic hits a certain age group and ethnicity the hardest. 

  • Arizona governor signs law he sought to target opioid abuse

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a sweeping new law designed to crack down on opioid abuse and cut the number of overdose deaths. 

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    State health officials release opioid action plan

    Opioids are suspected in the deaths of 280 Arizonians and another 2,361 overdoses over the past two and a half months, according to a state health report issued Wednesday.

  • Doug Coleman, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent, told the Arizona Opioid Summit in Tempe that the state’s opioid crisis will get worse before it gets better. (Photo by Fortesa/Latifi/Cronkite News)

    Getting worse before it gets better: DEA agent predicts deepening opioid epidemic

    The opioid crisis in Arizona is likely to grow, a DEA agent warned Wednesday, adding that it’s time to stop playing the blame game. 

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Tempe launches online database to help combat opioid abuse

    A new online database launched by the City of Tempe aims to help the community combat the opioid epidemic. Addiction recovery advocates hope the information is used to improve treatment for addicts, but not lead to more arrests.

  • (Source: CNN)

    Arizona plan to combat opioids would limit dosages, amounts

    Legislation being proposed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to address the ongoing opioid crisis would bar doctors from prescribing more than an initial five-day supply of pain medication in most cases and limit the maximum dose they could prescribe to most chronic pain patients.

  • (Source: University of Arizona)

    UofA, state split $2.2M grant for opioid overdose training

    The University of Arizona and the state health department have been awarded a $2.2 million grant to train rural firefighters and police officers in how to recognize and treat opioid overdoses. 

  • TAM is a national non-profit grassroots organization that operates through a closed Facebook group for mothers of addicted children. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Mom finds online support in Arizona after son's overdose

    It has been six months since Daniel Natale, 27, of Phoenix, died from a heroine overdose. Life for his mom Candi Fuller will never be the same.

  • Report: State’s drug, alcohol, suicide death rates to climb by 2025

    A new report says death rates in Arizona from drugs, alcohol and suicides could grow by 38 percent over the next decade unless action is taken now to head off the problem.

  • Dr. Sandra Indermuhle said teens often think it’s okay to take more opiods than prescribed, leading to addiction and abuse. (Source: Shayla Hyde/Cronkite News)

    Health leaders to offer opioid education to student-athletes across Arizona

    Arizona health professionals have educated 4,000 students on the effects of opioid abuse and plan to expand the program to student-athletes statewide by January.

  • Eight people have been indicted in a northern Arizona opioid ring and authorities say arrest warrants have been issued for the alleged mastermind and her accomplice. (Source: Attorney General's Office)

    AG's Office says 8 people indicted in Arizona opioid ring

    Eight people have been indicted in a northern Arizona opioid ring and authorities say arrest warrants have been issued for the alleged mastermind and her accomplice.

  • Billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics John Kapoor leaves U.S. District Court after being arrested earlier Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Phoenix. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Drug firm founder once among Arizona's richest billionaires

    The drug company founder charged with leading a nationwide conspiracy to bribe doctors and pharmacists to widely prescribe an opioid cancer drug for people who didn't need it came to the U.S. for postgraduate studies and for a time was listed among Arizona's richest billionaires.

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona opioid treatment providers respond to public health emergency

    President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a Public Health Emergency on Thursday which will reduce some regulations, giving states more flexibility in how they use federal dollars to respond to the epidemic.

  • Founder and former CEO of Insys Therapeutics arrested in Phoenix

    John Kapoor, the billionaire founder and former CEO of the Chandler pharmaceutical company, Insys Therapeutics, was arrested Thursday morning in Phoenix. 

  • Dr. Jamison Mark Foster

    Globe surgeon indicted for allegedly forging prescriptions for opioids

    A Globe surgeon has been indicted for allegedly forging prescriptions for opioids. 

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    State gets millions, will train more first responders to fight opioid overdoses

    The State of Arizona plans to use a $3.1 million grant from the federal government to train more first responders to recognize the symptoms of an opioid abuser and to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses an opioid overdose.

  • Arizona attorney general files lawsuit against Chandler opioid manufacturer and 3 doctors

    Attorney General Mark Brnovich today filed an Arizona Consumer Fraud lawsuit against opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics Inc., which is based in Chandler. 

  • Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 file photo)

    Gov. Ducey extends executive order for opioid-related data

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has extended the increased reporting of opioid-related data by renewing his recent executive order for another 60 days. 

  • Local pharmacies are changing the way they do business to combat an opioid epidemic threatening employees and customers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Pharmacies combat opioid crisis threatening employees, customers

    Local pharmacies are changing the way they do business to combat an opioid epidemic threatening employees and customers. 

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Expanded blood test regulations detect opioid overdose

    The Arizona Department of Health Services has new guidelines to test potential drug overdoses. 

  • The Arizona Department of Health Services created a new dashboard about possible opioid overdoses and deaths that have been reported to the agency since June 15. (Source: azdhs.gov)

    Gov't agency offers 'real time' data on opioid epidemic

    A state government agency has just launched a new way people can keep track of the statistics surrounding the opioid epidemic and how it is impacting Arizona.

  • A Scottsdale police officer used the drug Narcan to save a man's life. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Scottsdale officer uses Narcan to prevent opioid overdose death

    A Scottsdale police officer was recognized for using the drug Narcan to save a man's life.

  • Click to enlarge (Source: Arizona Department of Health Services)

    AZ reports 191 possible opioid overdoses, 15 deaths in one week

    The new data for the week of June 15-22 was part of the Arizona opioid epidemic emergency response create in the wake of Gov. Doug Ducey’s declaration of a health crisis earlier this month.

  • Prescription opioids caused 482 deaths, compared to 308 for heroin in 2016. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Ducey follows opioid crisis declaration with reporting order

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has followed a statewide opioid health emergency declaration with an order requiring state health officials to mandate additional overdose reporting.  

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Opioid crisis could lead to tougher drug laws, regulations

    Arizona's top health care official said Friday the state of the current opioid epidemic could lead to tighter regulations and tougher drug laws next year.

  • (MEREDITH Image)

    FDA asks drugmaker to stop selling its opioid painkiller

    U.S. regulators want a narcotic painkiller involved in the opioid epidemic off the market amid data showing people continue to abuse it. 

  • Prescription opioids caused 482 deaths, compared to 308 for heroin in 2016. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Gov. Ducey declares health crisis after opioid deaths rise

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is declaring a statewide health emergency in the wake of a new report that shows deaths from opioid overdoses increased by 16 percent last year. 

  • Last year, 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdoses. (Source: CNN)

    Report: Highest opioid overdose deaths in AZ in 10 years

    A new report shows a huge increase in opioid overdoses in Arizona.

  • Narcan, the opidoid overdose reversal drug, is now available at Arizona CVS stores without a doctor's prescription. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Opioid overdose antidote Narcan now available at CVS without prescription

    “We believe this increased access across the state will help save lives and give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery," a CVS spokesman said.

  • A few pet owners were using their animals to try and get prescription painkillers in parts of the U.S. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Pets may be the new face of the opioid epidemic

    There are new concerns people may be using their pets to get prescription painkillers. This after reports that some owners have abused their animals or shopped them around to various clinics in an effort to get pills.