Read the CEPOP’s Report on Expanding Naloxone Access

The Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies (CEPOP) has recently published a report based on a virtual roundtable discussion concerning strategies to expand naloxone access for at-risk patients and communities. To learn more, read CEPOP’s white paper for a summary of the discussion and their policy and advocacy strategy going forward. Additionally, this Digital Toolkit, which includes a […]

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Help map Naloxone distribution sites in Pinal County

As an important tool in preventing overdose fatality. People who use opioids, their friends and their loved ones should have access to it. Naloxone saves lives. In partnership with the Pinal County Department of Public Health, Sonoran Prevention Works and the Substance Abuse Coalition Leaders of Arizona, we seek information for all of the naloxone distribution points in Pinal County. […]

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PCOA Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training

On Thursday, March 5th from 2:30-4:30pm, Pima Council on Aging and the BeMedSmart subcommittee will host Sonoran Prevention Works’ Christopher Thomas to give education and supplies for preventing fatal opioid overdoses. He will be bringing FREE naloxone kits and provide information about this and another life-saving medication, Narcan. This event is aimed toward healthcare professionals, counselors […]

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Study examines opioid involvement in US drug overdoses

Fatal overdoses involving stimulants (cocaine and other psychostimulants, primarily methamphetamine) have been increasing over the past few years. A recent analysis published in Addiction found that in 2016, 27% of overdose visits to U.S. emergency departments involving cocaine and 14% involving psychostimulants also involved an opioid. Also, in 2017, almost 75% of overdose deaths involving cocaine and […]

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2019 End of Year Evaluation Report: Community Perceptions of Substance Use and Outcomes of Workshops and Educational Activities

Using data collected by Service providers and community coalitions throughout Southern Arizona that addressed substance use and misuse among youth and older adults, the report details substance misuse trends, effectiveness of workshops, and outcomes of evidence-based programs. Each provider, in consultation with Arizona Complete Health and Evaluation Research and Development (ERAD), developed a logic model […]

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Less than 40% of Arizona doctors use prescription drug database, despite state law

PHOENIX – Arizona law requires doctors to check a state database before they write a new prescription for a controlled substance, such as opioids. Yet less than 40% do. Sheila Sjolander, an assistant director at the Arizona Department of Health Services, said department officials know that’s a problem they’re “all struggling” to address in the state’s fight […]

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