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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation legalizing test strips that can detect the presence of the potent opiate fentanyl and potentially help avoid deadly overdoses. 

  

Associated Press | Bebeto Matthews

  A Senate committee has unanimously approved a measure that would legalize the use of test strips that can detect the presence of the potent opiate fentanyl.

The measure by Democratic Sen. Christine Marsh was prompted by the death of her 25-year-old son, Landon Marsh, last year. The Senate Health and Human Services committee approved SB1486 on Wednesday, and it now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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Flagstaff Police say they’ve seen a recent uptick in overdoses and deaths related to a counterfeit opioid. The illicit pills contain fentanyl, which is blamed for thousands of deaths nationwide. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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An Arizona sheriff's office says drug overdoses of five inmates prompted it to transfer 50 inmates to jails in other counties so a jail housing unit can be thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated.

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Mohave County authorities say they're conducting an investigation and reviewing security procedures for the county jail in Kingman after five inmates were treated for apparent drug overdoses.