The Effects Of Opioid Overdoses And Deaths

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On June 6, 2017 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in the state of Arizona (Vestal, C. 2017, June 6). Since 2012 there has been a 74% increase in opioid overdoses and deaths; this equals about 2 opioid overdose deaths per day in Arizona (Vestal, C. 2017, June 6). 431 million opioid pills were prescribed in Arizona in 2016 enough for every Arizonan to have a 2.5 week supply of opioid pills (Arizona Department of Health Services, 2017). The “U.S. is only 5% of the world’s population however we consume more than 80% of the worlds opioid supply” (Arizona Department of Health Services, 2017). In 2011 opioids made $11 billion in profits for pharmaceutical businesses (Eban, 2011) Opioid’s Opioids…show more content…
Arizona also increased access to substance abuse treatment for all Arizonans (Arizona Department of Health Services, 2017). The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family is working with schools in Arizona to educate kids on drugs, along with universities (Kathy Cline , 2017). “The average age of first use of a substance in Arizona is 12 years and nine months” (Kathy Cline , 2017). Arizona Law Enforcement Agencies and first responders are now able to obtain and use Naloxone on people with suspected opioid overdoses (Arizona Department of Health Services, 2017). There is also a new standing order that lets pharmacist dispenses Naloxone to any person the requests it. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of opioid drugs (Arizona Department of Health Services, 2017). The state of Arizona is also offering free training on suspected opioid overdoses, suspected opioid deaths, naloxone doses administered, naloxone doses dispensed and neonatal abstinence syndrome to healthcare professionals licensed, administrators of a healthcare institution, correctional facility, emergency medical services/ first response agencies, law enforcement officers, medical examiners, and pharmacists (Arizona Department of Health Services, 2017). Current objectives in Arizona are as follows; Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals: fill the treatment gap to increase treatment options for more people and
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