“As the number of opioid overdoses and deaths increase at an alarming rate, we must take action,” said Ducey.
Data from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows in 2016, 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdoses – an average of more than two people per day. The trend shows an alarming increase of 74 percent over the past four years. Today’s declaration by the governor directs the Arizona Department of Health Services to rapidly respond to this public health emergency.
The declaration gives Arizona the ability to coordinate public health efforts between state, local and private-sector partners and allows the state to utilize all of its public health resources, including distributing naloxone throughout the community to help prevent drug overdose deaths.
Read about steps to be taken by the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Governor’s Press Release
View a copy of the emergency declaration along with information and updates on progress in turning the tide on the Arizona opioid epidemic here: http://azhealth.gov/opioid