Hospitals are confronting a new opioid crisis: an alarming shortage of pain meds


Ktar news we can expect a combination of clouds and sunshine for today a little breezy by this afternoon with a slight chance of a sprinkle a high of seventy one partly cloudy for tomorrow seventy four from the twelve news forecast center i'm james can yoenis for ktar news at seven thirty two it's fifty two degrees in goodyear in the wake of the florida high school shooting samaritan leaders are calling for moore school resource officers but some students say that's not a good idea several valley students say more guns and school resource officers won't prevent another school shooting having more psychologists and school counselors will the issue is that kids are hurting were depressed and we're going through hard times mountain view high school student jordan harp says his school only has one psychologist available to serve the four thousand students on campus he says that's the problem i know friends who are thinking of killing themselves but i don't know what to do no one's here to help them and these are the people who are at risk a recent study shows arizona schools have a shortage of counselors there are nine hundred twenty four students per the school counselor while the national recommendation is two hundred and fifty students to one griselda zetino ktar news thursday drug crisis hitting hospitals hard ktar's more carlson reports on a shortage of medications used every day the drugs the hospitals are coming up short on our pain meds ktar is medical expert doctor kerri simpson says there may be an opioid epidemic but that's not the case for hospitals in this case the opioids that are missing are the injectable versions of dilaudid also known as hydromorphone and pantano and these are things that we use often for pain control and sedation in our hospitals both in preoperative areas in post operative areas simpson ads the drug shortage is expected to be over in the next couple of months however simpson says expect to see more drug shortages in the future mark carlson ktar news some female inmates at perryville west of phoenix learning a trade telemarketing they're working for phoenix based telephone from phone banks set up inside the present televise michelle sirocco tells ktar the inmates interested in this kind of work must first meet certain requirements they need to have either a high school.

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