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Arizona Declares State of Emergency in Opioid Epidemic

By | June 5th, 2017|Prevention|

Governor Doug Ducey issued his first public health emergency declaration today that calls for a statewide effort to put an end to opioid deaths in Arizona. The Governor declared the need for immediate action as the number of opioid overdoses and deaths increase at an alarming rate. Last week, we released the 2016 Opioid Report [...]

Heroin: The Sleepy Killer

By | February 4th, 2014|General|

I’ve written several posts about how prescription painkillers kill more Arizonans than heroin and cocaine combined- but heroin is still the No. 1 killer among the illegal drugs.   One hundred people died from a heroin overdose in AZ in 2013 (vs. about 1,000 from prescription drugs).  Heroin is very addictive.  According to NIDA, about 23% of people that try heroin will become [...]

Poisoning is the Leading Cause of Injury Deaths in Arizona

By | June 6th, 2013|Prevention|

When you think of the leading cause of deaths related to injuries, the first thing many people will think of is car crashes. While automobile crashes can be deadly—especially when drugs and alcohol are involved—the leading cause of injury-related deaths in Arizona is poisonings.  A new report we recently released shows that there were 1,144 [...]

America's Drug Abusers Going Gray

By | July 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The proportion of people admitted for drug abuse treatment over 50 nearly doubled between 1992 and 2008.  While alcohol still is the leading cause of admissions in this age group, sharp increases were noted in those needing treatment for heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to the study published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health [...]

America’s Drug Abusers Going Gray

By | July 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The proportion of people admitted for drug abuse treatment over 50 nearly doubled between 1992 and 2008.  While alcohol still is the leading cause of admissions in this age group, sharp increases were noted in those needing treatment for heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to the study published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health [...]