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Health News in Brief: Free health care event is this Thursday

Free health care event is this Thursday

Arizona Sonshine is the free health-care event that has filled the Prescott Valley Event Center in each of the past three consecutive years. Hundreds of local residents have received medical, vision and dental care at no cost to them during each of the events, and scores of doctors, nurses and support staff ave volunteered their time and resources to provide free health care.

The fourth annual Arizona Sonshine event is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14, and Friday, June 15, at the Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St., beginning with patient registration each day. Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Personnel from the Yavapai County Health Department will be on site both days, offering screenings, child immunizations and assistance with government programs like Women, Infant and Children (WIC) and Medicaid (AHCCCS). Services offered this year in addition to the health care offerings offered at the event in previous years will include school physicals, legal services and haircuts, as well as childcare for those attending.

For more information, call 844-554-4400 or see the website To volunteer at this year’s event or to become a sponsor, click on the volunteer tab on the website or call 928-636-1884.

Arizona SonShine is a ministry of the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Weight control support group meets in Prescott

Schmoose and Lose meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, with the next meeting on June 19 in the Elsea conference room at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E Goodwin St.

The group includes no dues or fees and is focused on sharing healthy eating ideas and discussion of weight-loss challenges and achievements. For more information, call or text Judy Reza, 928-925-7771.

Caregiver Support Group changes meeting day

Beginning on Thursday, June 21, the Prescott Caregiver Support Group is moving its meeting day to the third Thursday of each month. The group meets from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Willow Hills Baptist Church in Room B213, 1071 Mogollon Road, Prescott.

Area Agency on Aging Northern Arizona Council of Governments and Good Samaritan Society has partnered to co-facilitate this support group for all caregivers, regardless of the patient’s diagnosis or situation. Join other caregivers to share your caregiver journey. Support and resources for arious topics will be presented.

For more information, call 1-877-521-3500.

Opioid manufacturer in Arizona is sued

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s attorney general is suing an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company, alleging it illegally marketed a painkiller made from the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Insys Therapeutics. The suit accuses the drugmaker of encouraging physicians to prescribe the painkiller Subsys at higher doses than recommended.

The drug is used to manage pain for cancer patients, but Attorney General Lori Swanson says the company promoted it for improper uses.

The lawsuit also alleges the company paid doctors speaking fees to avoid gift-giving restrictions.

Several other states have sued Insys. Some have reached settlements.

Minnesota health officials have growing concerns about fentanyl abuse. Preliminary numbers show that fatal overdoses caused by the potent narcotic are increasing, with the drug contributing to more than 150 deaths in the state last year.


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