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National news about overdose deaths is a call to action for all Arizonans

By | November 17th, 2021|Prevention|

Today’s grim national news about overdose deaths amid the pandemic strikes a chord in Arizona, where opioid overdose deaths have continued to rise amid increased illegal use of counterfeit fentanyl.  The National Center for Health Statistics released provisional figures showing that U.S. overdose deaths exceeded 100,000 for the first time in a 12-month period that [...]

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ADHS Seek Members for State Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team

By | August 18th, 2017|Prevention|

This last session, the Legislature passed HB 2493, which establishes a new drug overdose mortality review process within the Arizona Department of Health Services. The new program will result in much more robust information on the circumstances surrounding all drug overdose deaths, identify preventable factors, and inform actions and policies to reduce future overdose deaths. [...]

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New Program Recognizes Law Enforcement Agencies Working on Curbing Opioid Overdose Death

By | January 26th, 2017|Preparedness|

Last week we launched the Public Health Excellence in Law Enforcement program. This program was created to recognize the efforts of Arizona’s law enforcement agencies that work with their local EMS agency partners to train staff to recognize opioid overdose in the field, administer naloxone when necessary, and submit information to the Department of Health [...]

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City Health Commissioners Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Overdose

By | October 29th, 2014|General|

The National Association of City and County Health Officers Big Cities Health Coalition recently held a standing-room-only Congressional briefing on prescription drug abuse and overdose. The briefing focused on local policy successes, challenges, and solutions to help save lives.  Click here to learn more about the Big Cities Health Coalition, projects they are currently engaged [...]

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FDA Approves Painkiller Overdose Field Treatment

By | April 14th, 2014|Prevention|

It’s no secret that misuse and abuse of opiate painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin are a large and growing public health threat in Arizona-  misuse and abuse of these medicines are now killing more Arizonans than car crashes. Last week the FDA approved a prescription treatment called Evzio that can be used in medical emergencies caused by prescription [...]

Painkiller Overdoses

By | November 10th, 2011|General, Prevention|

I know I read like a broken record- but prescription painkiller misuse and abuse is a huge public health issue not just here- but nationally.  The newest edition of CDC Vital Signs presents information about prescription painkiller overdoses in the United States and highlights promising strategies for addressing the issue. Please share this information broadly with [...]

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EMS Week: Promoting resilience among those who rise to the challenge

By | May 17th, 2022|Preparedness|

ADHS is joining groups across the nation in marking EMS Week, which honors the Emergency Medical Services providers who are rising to the challenge during the month of May. It’s part of National Trauma Awareness Month.  Governor Doug Ducey signed a State Proclamation recognizing EMS Week and EMS for Children Day. This year’s theme for [...]

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Rising to the Challenge & Safe Surroundings: Honoring EMS and trauma workers

By | May 12th, 2022|Preparedness|

May is National Trauma Awareness Month, presenting an opportunity for each of us to recognize and appreciate the many people working to keep us safe. So does EMS Week, which will be from May 15-21. This year’s theme for National Trauma Awareness Month is “Safe Surroundings,” with a focus on preventing violence and promoting safety [...]

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Syndromic Surveillance and COVID-Like Illness

By | November 9th, 2020|Preparedness|

Public health utilizes several surveillance tools to monitor the spread of disease throughout a community. These tools, like case reporting, laboratory reporting, and syndromic surveillance, generate many of the data points that are displayed on our COVID-19 data dashboard. These surveillance tools are also used to monitor the metrics we use to set business reopening [...]

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Public Health Week Wraps Up with Launch of ADHS Annual Report

By | April 4th, 2019|General|

As we wrap up Arizona Public Health Week and National Public Health Week, today we published our Annual Report, which highlights many of the great accomplishments of our agency from the last fiscal year: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. As you will read in the Annual Report, we made great strides in continuing [...]

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