Health

Special interests take note: There’s still time to curry legislative favor

I’m curious to see if the money that the vaping industry pumped into electing legislative Republicans last year will earn its proposal the support of enough Republicans to become law.

Ducey signs bill to stop kratom sales to minors

Kratom is still undergoing evaluations by federal agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and has been making some medical professionals nervous.

Arizona part of national strategy for vape industry

The vaping industry’s push to trade higher age restrictions for looser regulations elsewhere in Arizona law is part of a larger nationwide trend.

AZ, Phoenix gov’ts largely sit on sidelines as communities grapple with migrant influx

It marked the most significant involvement by local governments in Arizona since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began releasing families to charity organizations in October.

Vaping bill opponents say industry is pushing ‘smoke and mirrors’

At a press conference at the Capitol on Monday, Sen. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, denounced the vaping-industry-backed bill as “smoke and mirrors” intended to give the impression of a crackdown on youth vaping while leaving massive loopholes that the industry will be able to exploit.

Vaping industry, health groups spar over dueling bills

As public health advocates try to curb an epidemic of vaping among teenagers, the vaping industry and its critics are pushing rival pieces of legislation that would change the way e-cigarettes and similar products are regulated.

Mirror takes top honors in education, health reporting

Arizona Mirror journalists were honored with four awards in the prestigious Arizona Press Club annual journalism contest, including two first place awards.“This recognition is a testament to the great journalism the Mirror is producing,...

AZ Supreme Court says family courts can determine care, but only in special situations

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that family courts have the authority to determine the type of care a child can receive in a case that centered on a divorced couple who disagreed on how to care for their child with gender dysmorphia.

Fewer than 40% of Arizona doctors check Rx database before prescribing opioids, despite state law

Arizona law requires doctors to check a state database before they write a new prescription for a controlled substance, such as opioids. Yet fewer than 40% do.

Arizona lawmakers poised to approve kratom regulations

Lawmakers are planning to regulate a substance called kratom that is still undergoing evaluations by federal agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and has been making medical professionals nervous.