Alcohol Poisoning in Arizona

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Alcohol Poisoning in Arizona

Excessive alcohol use is the 4th leading preventable cause of death in the US.  In fact, excessive drinking causes about 10% of deaths among 20–64 year olds…with binge drinking responsible for about half of that 10%.  Nationally, alcohol is a factor in about 60% of homicides, 50% of severe trauma injuries, and 40% of car [...]

By | January 22nd, 2015|Behavioral Health, Prevention|0 Comments

Tribal Legislative Day to Focus on Suicide Prevention

Since 1995, the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs, in cooperation with representatives from the state's Indian nations, hosts an Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day. This year’s event will focus on the health and wellness of native youth and will take place Tuesday, January 20th on the Capitol lawn in Phoenix. This year’s program will [...]

By | January 21st, 2015|Behavioral Health, Prevention|0 Comments

Intervention Snapshot: SBIRT

Through our Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant, folks are given a brief assessment which inquires as to individual’s substance use in primary care and emergency room settings.  People who screen positive (or who are self-referred) are able to access an array of treatment services.  In general, services can be grouped into [...]

By | January 20th, 2015|Behavioral Health|0 Comments

Influenza Now Widespread in Arizona

By now, it’s likely you know someone who’s gotten the flu this year.  Last week, Arizona joined the ranks of 46 other states that are having “widespread” influenza activity.  We’ve had 2,316 cases reported so far this season, with 761 of those being reported in the last week. That’s 130% more cases than this time [...]

By | January 20th, 2015|Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments

Medical Marijuana Sales Tripled in 2014

We published our end-of-year annual medical marijuana report this week.  Dispensary marijuana sales were three times higher than in 2013.  Dispensaries sold over 9 metric tons (about 10 US tons) of marijuana in 2014 for an estimated gross revenue of about $110M.  There were 1,433,808 individual sales in ‘14 (among the 55,000 patients), with an [...]

By | January 16th, 2015|General, Licensing|2 Comments

Ebola Epidemic Index Case Identified?

A 2 year-old boy from Guinea appears to be what we call in our business the “Index Case” for the West African Ebola epidemic.  In epidemiology, an Index Case is the first documented case of an illness that spreads to others.  The 2 year-old appears to have been infected by playing in a hollow tree [...]

By | January 15th, 2015|General|0 Comments

Arizona’s Paramedic Training: Excellent Results

Arizona’s Paramedic training programs are taught by a combination of colleges, private training centers, and fire departments.  A typical Paramedic course is over 1,000 hours of class room, hospital and ambulance time covering anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, terminology, and hours and hours of assessment and proficiency tests on a multitude of skills. To become certified [...]

By | January 14th, 2015|General|0 Comments

ADHS: A Gold Fit Friendly Worksite

Each year the American Heart Association recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health...and we were recognized as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite for 2014.  We’re among an elite group of nationally-recognized awardees for our efforts to promote a healthy workplace.  As a Gold Level award recipient, we’ve been recognized for [...]

By | January 13th, 2015|Prevention|0 Comments

Statewide Heroin Broadcast This Week

Every broadcast TV station and most radio outlets across Arizona will air simultaneously a 30-minute commercial-free investigative report produced by ASU student journalists on the growing perils of heroin and opioid use on Tuesday, January 13, at 6:30 pm.  You may remember a similar broadcast a few years ago about methamphetamine use.  That broadcast did [...]

By | January 12th, 2015|Behavioral Health, Prevention|0 Comments

Staying in the Saddle

We’ve had a great run together since I accepted the Interim ADHS Director position 6 years ago.  I’m grateful to all of you for trusting me in this important position and for working together for the benefit of the folks of Arizona.  We’ve made tremendous progress toward our Vision of Health and Wellness for all [...]

By | January 9th, 2015|Behavioral Health, General, Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments