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Sick and Alone

Sick and Alone

Most of America’s county jails escape lawsuits seeking reforms for inmates with serious mental illness. Now Arizona’s Cochise County has joined hundreds of other small counties innovating ways to keep people with serious mental illness out of their jails. But it comes too late for Adrian Perez, who has spent the past 13 years cycling in and out of jail, and solitary confinement, which only makes him sicker.

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Babies born exposed to opioids grew fivefold in ten years in Arizona

Babies born exposed to opioids grew fivefold in ten years in Arizona

In 2016, the last complete year for which data is available, 790 Arizonans died of an opioid overdose. The drugs’ spread has been several times more dramatic for a small and vulnerable population: pregnant mothers and newborns. The number of infants born with opioid withdrawal symptoms in Arizona has increased almost five-fold during roughly the same period.

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Data show suicides using guns double the number of murders

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one. Now, gun shops and ranges are joining up with prevention specialists to try to prevent suicides. A national News21 analysis of 2012 data found 18,602 firearm suicides in 44 states compared with about 9,655 firearm homicides in 49 states.

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