Teens and young adults are using their phones to buy and sell counterfeit pills laced with the powerful drug, which helps explain why kids in our state are overdosing at an alarming rate.
Drug overdose deaths rose by close to 30% in the United States in 2020, hitting the highest number ever recorded, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.
Preliminary estimates show the number of opioid overdose deaths in Arizona rose by nearly 70% from 2019 to 2020.
Hannah Cupp's death was far from isolated last year. While the world focused on the coronavirus pandemic, the growing opioid epidemic showed no signs of slowing down.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents seized more fentanyl between October and April than the total for the year before, according to data from the agency.
The testing kits made legal by the legislation can be used on heroin and other drugs that may have been laced with fentanyl.