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Arizona Prescription Drug and Heroin Addiction: Treating the Opioid Epidemic in 2018

Arizona Prescription Opioid Abuse Statistics

Source: Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

Arizona has taken big steps toward fighting the opioid epidemic in Arizona in 2018. In addition to making more funding than ever before available to local agencies for the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction, the state has also unveiled the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, and has put in place new Arizona opioid prescribing guidelines.

All of the steps that have been made in the past 1-2 years, are already starting to pay off, with initial signs that the rate of opioid overdoses has slowed down in its runaway growth. While Arizonans hope to see not just slowing, but a reversal of the Arizona opioid addiction trends, this is no doubt some good news that Arizonans need.

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2018 Arizona Prescription Opioid Statistics

With Arizona’s signing of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, came some new statistics and insights into just how prescription opioid abuse and addiction has affected Arizona.

  • 812 Arizonans died of a suspected opioid overdose in just 6 months (between June 2017 and January 2018).
  • 5,202 Arizonans suffered a suspected opioid overdose.
  • 455 Arizona babies were born with NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – Addicted to Opioids).
  • Over 6,000,000 opioids were found to be written by just 4 Arizona doctors in a 12 month period (in a county with a population of just 200,000).
  • 75% of heroin users in treatment admit that their addiction started with prescription painkiller opioids.
  • In 2016 almost 1,000 Arizona residents were found to be in possession of up to four different prescriptions from different doctors.
  • Governor Doug Ducey set limits on prescription opioid prescription amounts via Executive Order. This EO limits the first fill of prescription opioids to a seven day supply (only in cases where the State of Arizona is paying for the prescription).
  • Arizona’s Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is the leading payer for substance abuse treatment, drug rehab, and addiction treatment in the state of Arizona.
  • Investments into early addiction intervention, behavioral health counseling, and drug and alcohol detox in Arizona – through AHCCCS – has increased steadily over the past 4 years
    (2015: $162,939,257 | 2016: $207,603,832 | 2017: $236,316,548).
  • Arizona spends a total of $265 million each year in substance abuse treatment and addiction prevention.
  • Prior to the Enacting of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, only 47% of those that were treated for an overdose in Arizona emergency rooms were referred for addiction treatment.
  • 3,429 doses of Naloxone were administered by emergency medical services and law enforcement in the 6 months between June 2017 and January 2018. This does not include the number of doses that were administered in hospitals.
  • 86% of those that survived an opioid or heroin overdose in Arizona received Naloxone administered by emergency medical services and law enforcement.
  • Only 20% of Arizona primary care physicians stated that they were “very prepared to identify alcohol or drug dependence.” This means that 80% of Arizona doctors cannot confidently spot addiction in patients.
  • 40% of those in addiction treatment programs in Arizona state that their addiction was not identified by their doctors (primary care physicians).
Arizona Prescription Drug Overdose Statistics

Source: Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

Arizona Counties with the Most Opioid Overdoses Reported

Arizona Opioid Overdoses Reported from June 15, 2017 to January 11, 2018 *
  • Mohave County: 104 – 235 Opioid Overdoses
  • La Paz County: 1 – 103 Opioid Overdoses
  • Yuma County: 1 – 103 Opioid Overdoses
  • Coconino County: 1 – 103 Opioid Overdoses
  • Yavapai County: 104 – 235 Opioid Overdoses
  • Maricopa County: 3,114 Opioid Overdoses
  • Pima County: 993 Opioid Overdoses
  • Gila County: 1 – 103 Opioid Overdoses
  • Pinal County: 104 – 235 Opioid Overdoses
  • Santa Cruz County: 1 – 103 Opioid Overdoses
  • Navajo County: 1 – 103 Opioid Overdoses
  • Graham County: 1 – 103 Opioid Overdoses
  • Cochise County: 1 – 103 Opioid Overdoses
  • Apache County: 1 – 103 Opioid Overdoses
  • Greenlee County: 1 – 103 Opioid Overdoses
2018 Arizona Opioid Overdoses by County

2018 Arizona Opioid Overdoses by County

The 2nd Annual Southern Arizona Opioid Misuse Prevention Symposium

Arizona’s response to the opioid epidemic has been productive so far, and Arizonans are hoping to address even more points of addiction prevention in 2018. Come September, the 2nd Annual Southern Arizona Opioid Misuse Prevention Symposium will be an event held in Tucson, Arizona, gathering companies, healthcare providers, Arizona addiction treatment providers, and those looking to make a difference in the state.

With a focus on education and prevention of opioid misuse, opioid use disorders, and opioid addiction, the symposium is expected to boost measures, accountability, and bring new ideas into how the state can better work towards its goal of reversing the trends of the opioid addiction epidemic in Arizona.

The 2nd Annual Southern Arizona Opioid Misuse Prevention Symposium
Friday, September 28th, 2018
7:45am – 4:15pm
At The Tucson Convention Center, Copper Ballroom
260 South Church Street, Tucson, AZ 85709 | Parking Lot B

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Arizona Opioid Abuse and Addiction Prevention Resources

Developed in partnership with Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse Initiative, Arizona Department of Health Services, University of Arizona College of Public Health, and University of Arizona College of Medicine, these online courses are offered for free to help Arizona doctors, prescribers, and those in the medical industry to learn how to put the best opioid abuse prevention practices into real life situations.

Managing virtual patients, the following courses are offered:

  • Introduction to Safe Prescribing of Opioids for Pain Management
  • Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing While Managing Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Managing Opioid Misuse in Pregnancy and Neonatal Care
  • Opioid Issues in Youth Pain Management for Orthopedic Injuries

Because doctors, physicians, and pharmacists are on the front lines of prevention against prescription opioid abuse in Arizona, proper training can be the first line of defense in preventing further misuse and abuse of RX opioid drugs in Arizona

These Courses offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act 2018: 

“Our package will attack this issue from all angels, while protecting individuals who suffer from chronic pain, and maintaining compassion for those struggling with addiction.” – Governor Doug Ducey, 2018 State of the State Address

In January of 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey released a comprehensive and bipartisan package of legislation to address the opioid epidemic in Arizona. Governor Ducey touted the fact that this bill – as a package – attacks opioid addiction from all angles.

Using prevention and opioid education methods to prevent further growth of the opioid epidemic, going after “pill mills” (pain management companies/practices that engage in reckless prescribing practices), and making the life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone.

Read Details of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act:
Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act (English)Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act (Spanish)
 
Reflection’s Recovery Center of Prescott, Arizona is proud to support the actions that have already been taken in Arizona toward ending the opioid epidemic, and we believe that these efforts – in combination with the proper addiction treatment practices, including MAT and medical opioid detox – can make 2018 the turning point in the opioid epidemic in Arizona.

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