Natasha Yee
Natasha Yee nuh-tosh-uh yee (she/her)
News Reporter, Phoenix

Natasha Yee writes freelance for Phoenix New Times and has interned with USA Today and RightThisMinute. Yee is working in the Phoenix News Bureau.

Latest from Natasha Yee

Fentanyl deaths rise as smuggling problem at Mexico border grows

As fentanyl deaths rise, Mexican cartels continue to find ways to smuggle the synthetic opioid across the southern border of the U.S.

Why Central American and Haitian migrants marched to Sonora

Thousands of migrants marched to Sonora Thursday as President Biden met with Mexico’s president and Canada’s prime minister for the North American Summit.

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Arizona schools address COVID’s impact on student mental health

CHANDLER – Teens are struggling more than usual with their mental health, due to social isolation, economic instability and other worries surrounding COVID-19. Across Arizona, schools have launched efforts to help youth protect their well-being.

Why marijauna’s legalization has led to a rise in opioid smuggling

Opioid overdose deaths are on the rise as more fentanyl gets smuggled into the U.S. The recent legalization of marijuana has made this issue even worse, and that’s being seen near the Arizona/Mexico border.

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As marijuana profits fade, cartels increasingly smuggle fentanyl across the border

ARIVACA – Cartels are smuggling more and more deadly fentanyl across the border, leaving Arizona law officers, leaders and residents to deal with the repercussions. Nationwide, overdose deaths hit a record high in 2020 and are continuing to rise, driven by synthetic opioids – especially fentanyl.

Workplace raids come to an end across the country

The Department of Homeland Security announced this week it will stop raiding workplaces to search for undocumented immigrants. Tempe Union High School District votes to remove resource officers from its campuses. Plus, West Nile virus mitigation helps Yuma County and the Cocopah Indian Tribe, and the Phoenix Mercury even the WNBA Finals at 1-1. --- Host: Natasha Yee Producer: Connor Worley Contributors: Samantha Byrd, Christian Serrano

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As COVID-19 pandemic wears on, demand increases for deworming drug ivermectin

Prescriptions for the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19 are increasing, and one Phoenix feed store has struggled to stock the medication, which in some forms is used to deworm large animals.

Marijuana and mental health: Examining a complicated relationship

Marijuana no longer is just a wild herb grown in a garden. Experts say the way cannabis is grown today could harm a user’s mental health.