Free Opiate Overdose Prevention Training Comes to Old Town Scottsdale
For Immediate Release
October 8, 2019
SCOTTSDALE — Together with Addiction Haven, Scottsdale Detox Center and Relieve Outpatient Medical Detox are fighting Arizona’s opioid epidemic by providing free education and overdose prevention kits. On Thursday, October 24th from 5:30-6:30 PM the group will gather to teach the community about the dangers of prescription opiates and street drugs such as fentanyl, the signs of opioid abuse, how to identify an overdose, and how to administer an overdose prevention kit. They will also pass out free Naloxone kits to anyone who would like one, compliments of Addiction Haven.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, from June 15, 2017 – September 26, 2019 there were 3,603 suspect opioid deaths, 27,289 suspect opioid overdoses, 59,405 naloxone doses dispensed, and 17,363 naloxone doses administered. At their trick-or-treat event, the group hosting the events hopes to help decrease the number of overdoses and deaths, while increasing the number of those who are equipped to handle an overdose with Naloxone.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there were 252,846 opioid prescriptions dispensed last month in Arizona. According to the CDC, in 2017 prescription opioids contributed to the epidemic in the U.S. and were involved in more than 35% of all opioid overdose deaths.
Naloxone, or Narcan®, can reverse opioid overdoses. On June 5, 2017, Governor Doug Ducey issued his first public health emergency declaration that calls for a statewide effort to reduce opioid deaths in Arizona. This declaration follows the release of ADHS' 2016 Arizona Opioid Report which details that 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdoses – an average of more than two people per day.
As part of this public health emergency, the Arizona Department of Health Services was identified “reverse overdoses through the distribution of naloxone” as a way to help combat the public health emergency. “We have taken this public health emergency to heart. We are doing our best to combat the opioid epidemic not only by events where we educate the public, but through creating innovative new treatment programs such as outpatient detox treatment to address both illegal and prescription drug use” says Relieve Medical Detox partner, Shelby Haugen.
Handing out overdose prevention kits and educating the community about opioid use is another way of reducing the harm this emergency is causing, Haugen said. “The kits are especially necessary now that the highly potent opioid fentanyl is being found in other illegal drugs, such as cocaine, marijuana and meth. The people who regularly use these types of drugs may be unaware that the drugs have fentanyl in them and overdose” says Registered Nurse, Melanie French.
Education and preparation is the key to start making an impact. We hope with this event, we can start spreading awareness about the problems we are seeing in our community that are breeding opioid dependence and addiction, says Haugen.
Please join us October 24th from 5:30-6:30 PM at 7283 E Earll Dr. Building B Suite 1 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 to learn how you can help be a part of the solution.
Contact: Shelby, email@example.com, 480-549-2220
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