LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s attorney general and top state health officer are launching a campaign to raise awareness about unlicensed medical providers and to urge the Legislature to strengthen laws against back-room procedures.

A key to an action plan unveiled Wednesday is a Nevada Health Division effort to collect tips about unlicensed medical providers through the state’s 211 telephone information hotline.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto calls unlicensed health care a serious problem with sometimes fatal results.

She points to the April 2011 death of a 42-year-old mother of three during a botched buttocks enhancement procedure in a back office at a Las Vegas tile store.

Dr. Tracey Green, Nevada’s state health chief, and former state Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa collaborated in the effort.

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