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Prescription Drugs – a Double Edged Sword

By | December 12th, 2010|General|

When taken as directed for legitimate medical purposes (and prescribed appropriately) prescription drugs can be safe and effective at treating illnesses and conditions. However, the increasing rates of prescription drug abuse are a growing and now urgent problem, especially among young people.  Powerful prescription drugs are often available and easily accessible in many, if not [...]

Suicide Prevention

By | November 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Suicide is one of the most challenging and sensitive public health issues that we face, partly because so many folks have a hard time talking about the subject.  It’s especially challenging for families that experience suicide first hand.  1,060 Arizonans died from suicide in 2009 the highest number ever, making it the 6th leading cause [...]

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Youth Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Released

By | June 24th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The vast majority of deaths among kids and young adults in the US are preventable- and many involve the choices theymake.  Car crashes are responsible for 30% of deaths, unintentional injuries 16%, murder 16%, and suicide 12%.  Teen pregnancy causes a wide range of social problems, and there are more than 9 million cases of [...]

Underage Drinking Prevention

By | April 6th, 2010|Behavioral Health|

Our Behavioral Health Office of Prevention http://www.azdhs.gov/bhs/ops.htm provides tools, resources and technical support to promote the resiliency and prevention of behavioral health/substance abuse disorders in our communities. Our goal is to empower communities and kids to make healthier choices by collaborating with Arizona’s prevention workforce, including our Tribal/Regional Behavioral Health Authorities and local communities; strategically [...]

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