Rx Initiative: Prescription Drug Initiative
To address the growing concern over prescription drug misuse in Arizona and related consequences, the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership (ASAP) has endorsed the Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative and established a critical Core Group to monitor progress, identify emerging issues and to ensure effective feedback between state and local efforts.
The Core Group meets on a monthly basis and consists of members from the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family, Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona Attorney General's Office, Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Arizona Industrial Commission, Parker Area Alliance, and Apache Junction Police Department.
The Arizona Rx Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative model is an established method for state agencies, community coalitions, and stakeholders across Arizona to effectively collaborate towards our common goal of reducing prescription drug misuse and abuse in Arizona by 18% in 2018, and in doing so, improve the health outcomes for all people living in Arizona.
An implementation plan and companion Rx Toolkit was created in order to provide guidance for the execution of the Arizona Rx Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative model. The strategies, goals, objectives and action items have all been successfully piloted in three geographic areas in Arizona, with substantial data to demonstrate the efficacy of the model and encompass a multi systemic approach to the Prescription drug misuse and abuse epidemic in Arizona. The model/Toolkit provides a simultaneous top-down and bottom-up approach between state agencies and community-level efforts. The objectives and action steps were formulated, adapted and evolved from those originally proposed by Office of Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in 2011, the five strategies within the Arizona Rx Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative are intended to provide an overall roadmap and direction for the Initiative as it is implemented and progresses. To increase applicability to the diverse communities and populations in Arizona, there are considerable opportunities in the model for localizing the action items to account for the methods that will be most salient to individual communities.