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ARIZONA OVERDOSE NEWS & STATISTICS:

AZ Capitol Times, Overdose:

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Arizona Department of Health Services:

Real Time Opioid Data

For the first time, statewide opioid data is available in real time.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

Get Data for Arizona on Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths, Opioid Pain Reliever Prescriptions, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), HIV Prevalence and HIV Diagnoses Attributed to Injection Drug Use (IDU), and Hepatitis C (HCV) Prevalence and HCV Diagnoses Attributed to Injection Drug Use

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Arizona Overdose Deaths by County

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Maricopa Overdose Deaths

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CDC Grand Rounds: Prescription Drug Overdoses

"Among patients who are prescribed opioids, an estimated 80% are prescribed low doses (<100 mg morphine equivalent dose per day) by a single practitioner,[7,8] and these patients account for an estimated 20% of all prescription drug overdoses (Figure 3). Another 10% of patients are prescribed high doses (≥100 mg morphine equivalent dose per day) of opioids by single prescribers and account for an estimated 40% of prescription opioid overdoses.[9,10] The remaining 10% of patients are of greatest concern. These are patients who seek care from multiple doctors and are prescribed high daily doses, and account for another 40% of opioid overdoses.[11] Persons in this third group not only are at high risk for overdose themselves but are likely diverting or providing drugs to others who are using them without prescriptions. In fact, 76% of nonmedical users report getting drugs that had been prescribed to someone else, and only 20% report that they acquired the drug from their own doctor.[4]"

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AS ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE OVERDOSED, DEA ALLOWED FOR 400 PERCENT INCREASE IN PRODUCTION OF OXYCODONE: REPORT

"The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) allowed drug makers to ramp up the production of opioids over the same period of time that 141,298 people died from overdoses in the U.S., according to a report conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."

"We found that the rate of opioid overdose deaths in the United States grew, on average, by 8 percent per year from 1999 through 2013 and by 71 percent per year from 2013 through 2017," the report said. "Yet, from 2003 through 2013 DEA was authorizing manufacturers to produce substantially larger amounts of opioids," citing a 400 percent increase in oxycodone's Aggregate Production Quota (APQ), which the DEA establishes annually, between 2002 and 2013"

"In the same time period, deaths involving prescription opioids rose nearly every year, according to data pulled from the CDC, from 6,483 in 2002 to 14,145 in 2013. The total death count reached 141,298 before the DEA stopped permitting increases in oxycodone production, finally cutting the APQ for the drug in 2017 by 25 percent. In 2018, the DEA further reduced the APQ for oxycodone by 6 percent, according to the report."

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ARIZONA OPIOID NEWS:

11 charged in Phoenix-area opioid ring investigation

September 2019

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Phoenix police will expand use of opioid overdose reversal drug

July 2019

"Overall, there were 13,762 doses administered between June 15, 2017, and July 4, 2019, by police, health workers and other emergency responders, according to the health agency."

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Arizona communities feel effects of opioid overprescription

July 2019

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With 200-plus deaths in 60 days, Ducey extends opioid overdose tracking order

August 2017

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Arizona had 191 opioid overdoses, 15 deaths last week

August 2017

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Arizona declares opioid crisis a public-health emergency

June 2017

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Opioid, heroin deaths surge in Arizona

June 2017

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