Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:27:32 GMT
As the Pima County Fair enters its first full week, fair organizers are already celebrating success. They say attendance is up again this year. Pima County Fair officials say, while most state and countyMore >
As the Pima County Fair enters its first full week, fair organizers are already celebrating success. They say attendance is up again this year.More >
Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:10:24 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed two major pro-gun bills that would have allowed concealed-carry permit holders to take their guns into government buildings and would have punishedMore >
Governor Jan Brewer blocked a push to expand gun rights in Arizona and gave Tucson and Pima County more power to make their own gun laws.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:06:10 GMT
Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the lost Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned soon to bring...More >
Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday.More >
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Sometimes a tragic, untimely death will start a conversation.
That's the case with Phillip Seymour Hoffman who died from an apparent heroin overdose last week.
The Commission on Treatment and Addiction invited Chief Deputy of the Pima County Attorney's office Amelia Cramer to address the group about new legislation, guns and medical marijuana.
But when the meeting was thrown open to questions, the group immediately wanted to talk about heroin use.
She told the group there has been an increase in drug related prosecutions, specifically heroin.
But she's hard pressed to say why.
"We don't know whether there's been more drug abuse or more law enforcement on the ground who are catching people," she said.
There are 26 law enforcement agencies, local and federal, which target drug use and users.
Most report increased heroin use but numbers will be collated and released.
Cramer said she could have the prosecution numbers in a couple of days.
But Cramer has a possible cause for the increase.
"There youngsters who are addicted to drugs which are prescription," she says.
She says the kids steal the meds out of their parents medicine cabinet.
After a while, they can't get the pills anymore but the addiction remains.
"They can't get the prescription drugs anymore and it's easier to buy heroin off the street and it's cheaper," she says.
Roy Tullgren, the chair of the commission agrees.
"A pill with opiates in it may cost anywhere between $20 and $40 and they need multiple pills," he says. "Heroin is more accessible and it's less expensive."
Both will give the same high.
As for what to do about the uptick is a difficult question.
"As with any of our drug problems, it becomes whack a mole," says Cramer. "You tamp down one and another pops up and this time the one that's popped up is heroine use."
Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:56 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:56:46 GMT
Fulton County police arrested Atlanta Public Schools paraprofessional Alger Shafter Coleman, III and charged him with cruelty to children in the first degree and simple battery.Coleman was caught on cameraMore >
Fulton County police arrested Atlanta Public Schools paraprofessional Alger Shafter Coleman III and charged him with cruelty to children in the first degree and simple battery.More >
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >