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It's rattler season, and some people have been bitten in recent weeks.

Gila monsters are out of their winter burrows about two weeks earlier than usual this year — looking for chow now and lizard love in the near future.

  • By Caitlin Schmidt For the Arizona Daily Star

Drug poisoning now exceeds car accidents as the No. 1 cause of unintentional death in Arizona.

  • By Caitlin Schmidt For The Arizona Daily Star

During what’s supposed to be a season of celebrations and joy, holiday hazards can put children, pets and even adults into the hospital with s…

Fifteen Douglas middle school students were taken to a hospital Friday morning after reportedly taking a prescription drug.

  • Xavier Gallegos

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  • Doug Kreutz Arizona Daily Star

The weather is warming, the desert is blooming - and there's another, somewhat more sobering sign of spring: Rattlesnakes are out.


Clockwise from upper left: Prescription drugs, mistletoe berries, button batteries and Nyquil can be toxic if children ingest them. Parents an…

  • Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Sta

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  • Stephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star

Those little button batteries that are in so many children's toys this season can be a serious health hazard, health experts warn.

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Reports of rattlesnake bites this month are the highest in three years, the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center in Tucson says.

  • Doug Kreutz Arizona Daily Star

Snake season is upon us - and the biting has begun.

  • Arizona Daily Star/File, 2010

Western diamondback rattler.

  • By Doug Kreutz Arizona Daily Star

Snake season is upon us — and the biting has begun.