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    Report: Doctors teeter on the divide between pain treatment, opioids abuse

    A new 400-page report this week 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.

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    Alternative ways to fight against the Arizona opioid crisis

    While an estimated 2.1 million people in America suffer from substance abuse related to prescription opioid pain relievers, Phoenix is in the top 10 for opioid distribution.

  • 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.

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    Arizona opioid crisis: Potential overdoses increase in first week of July

    Real-time data collected by the Arizona Department of Health Services on opioid abuse in Arizona continues to paint an alarming picture.

  • 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.

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    Opioid crisis leads to 444 suspected cases

    Arizona's declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency issued on June 5 is the result of now 444 suspected cases of reported opioid overdoses.

  • State health experts warned Monday that legislation aimed at overhauling the Affordable Care Act puts addicts trying to kick their opioid addictions at risk. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Health care bill puts recovering addicts at risk

    State health experts warned Monday that legislation aimed at overhauling the Affordable Care Act puts addicts trying to kick their opioid addictions at risk.

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    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.  

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    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.

  • Danny Seiden, Gov. Ducey’s deputy chief of staff, at a panel in Washington on the opioid crisis, where he talked about Arizona’s declaration of a health emergency to deal with the epidemic. (Source: Brianna Stearns/Cronkite News)

    Ducey aide in Washington presses call for opioid prescription reform

    Just days after Gov. Doug Ducey declared a health emergency in response to the state’s opioid crisis, a top aide was in Washington to press the need to tighten regulation of opioid prescriptions.

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    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. 

  • Jenny Lo-Ciganic will use the grant  to review Medicare administrative claims data for hidden patterns and geographic clusters of inappropriate opioid use. (Source: Twitter & 3TV/CBS 5 file)

    AZ researcher gets grant for work on predicting opioid abuse

    University of Arizona says Jenny Lo-Ciganic will use the grant  to review Medicare administrative claims data for hidden patterns and geographic clusters of inappropriate opioid use.

  • 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.

  • Trump created a new commission to fight the opioid epidemic in America. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    President Trump promises to fight opioid addiction

    President Donald Trump has vowed to fight the nation's drug addiction epidemic and that's welcome news for an Arizona family who lost a loved one to opioids. 

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    Kingman police to carry and use opioid blocker

    Kingman police officers will now carry and administer a drug that can partially or completely reverse a heroin and opioid overdose. 

  • 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.

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    Summit hopes to start 'Turning the Tide' of opioid addiction in AZ

    A unique summit in Phoenix Monday is expected to take a closer look at the growing problem of opioid addiction in Arizona. The Drug Enforcement Agency and Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) are hosting Arizona Opioid Summit: Turning the Tide.

  • Opioids are highly addictive. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    Fight for opioid regulation continues as abuse of prescription painkillers soars

    As more and more people become addicted to prescription drugs, some lawmakers are calling for restrictions on prescriptions for painkilling opioids. Three recovering addicts shared their stories of drug abuse that started in a doctor’s office. 

  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday ordered the state's employee insurance plan and its Medicaid plan to limit narcotic painkiller prescriptions in an effort to cut future drug addiction. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    Ducey limits Medicaid, state insurance opioid prescriptions

    Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order on Monday to limit the amount of painkillers doctors can prescribe in an effort to curb the opioid addiction crisis that is sweeping across the state and the country. 

  • Drugs like OxyContin, oxycodone, Percocet and other opioids are among the most common prescription drugs diverted for illegal use.  (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    New guidelines advise doctors to cut down on opioid painkiller prescriptions

    A change in CDC guidelines could mean patients who use opioid painkillers could be asked to try other options first. They are changes that can change lives, but also worry some patients with chronic pain.