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BREAKING:
Rx epidemic.

There is a prescription painkiller epidemic in Arizona.
To overcome it, we need to rethink Rx abuse.

Prevention

Working ourselves out of a job one drug free person at a time

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Treatment

Because you’re worth saving

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Recovery

Loving your future one day at a time

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Wellness & Recovery

"As the number of opioid overdoses and deaths increase at an alarming rate, we must take action...Most  of us know someone impacted by substance abuse - our family, our friends, our neighbors... We must do more."

- Gov. Doug Ducey, Declaring a State of Emergency for Arizona's Opioid Epidemic, June 5, 2017

What's In Your Medicine Cabinet?

Opioids are common and can be found in many medicine cabinets around Arizona. It is important to know what opioids are and to dispose of any extra at a free and anonymous Rx Drop-Off box near you. 

Unwanted opioids can also be disposed in the trash when mixed with 'undesirables',  such as cat litter or food waste. 

To locate a permanent Rx drop box near you, visit:

DumpTheDrugsAZ.org

Rethink Rx Abuse

Arizona loses someone every day to the abuse of prescription pain killers or illegal opioids like heroin, and teens are particularly vulnerable. However, there are concrete steps you can take to protect your friends, children and loved ones from the opioid epidemic. 

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Know the Problem
  1. Arizona is being over-prescribed
    Enough Rx pain relievers were dispensed in 2014 to medicate every adult in Arizona around-the-clock for 17-20 days. 
  2. Teens have easy access
    Kids easily obtain meds from friends, family and the medicine cabinet. To be proactive, take an inventory of your medicine cabinet, properly secure all active prescrpitions, and dispose of unused or unwanted medications. 
  3. Major or stressful transitions can facilitate Rx abuse. 
    Elementary school through college years are key, high-risk times for youth to use illicit substances. Know your child's stresses and help them identify healthy coping strategies. For more on this, visit IveGotSomethingBetter.org
  4. Opioid misuse is killing people in our state. 
    On average, more than two Arizonanas die every day from an overdose due to prescription pain relievers. This is a 16.3% increase from opioid deathes in 2015. 
  5. Misuse is leading to addiction
    The strongest risk factor for heroin addiction is addiction to prescription opioid pain relievers.
  6. Communication and conversation is crucial 
    Talking with kids about their stresses and the dangers of Rx abuse should be a priority for all parents. Studies have shown that teens who simply have 5 family dinners each week with their parents are more likely to view drug and alcohol usage as dangerous than teens that have 2 family dinners or less each week. Learn more HERE about how to start a conversation with your teen about avoiding substance abuse. 

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Rx Facts Every Parent Should Know
Rx painkillers and heroin are both opioids
Painkiller addiction often starts by misusing or sharing a legitimate prescription following an injury, surgery or dental procedure
In Arizona, drug overdoses take more lives than car crashes

80% of heroin users started with prescription drugs

While heroin deaths are on the increase, Arizona has twice as many Rx opioid deaths
In 2014, Arizona had the 15th highest drug overdose death rate in the country
In America, painkillers are taking as many lives as we lost during the Vietnam War

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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.

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ACTION. AWARENESS. OUTCOME!

The Rx Toolkit is designed with the theme Awareness. Action. Outcomes! It provides the roadmap to move communities forward beyond that initial awareness stage into action and outcomes. Communities and coalitions cannot wait another day here in Arizona to implement this initiative. Every day that we do, we lose more lives to death and addiction. The time has come to address this public health crisis and we need your commitment.

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STRATEGY 1 - Reduce Illicit acquisition and diversion of prescription drugs

STRATEGY 2 - Promote responsible prescribing and dispensing policies and practices

STRATEGY 3 - Enhance Rx drug practices and policies in law enforcement

STRATEGY 4 - Increase public awareness and patient education about Rx drug misuse and abuse

STRATEGY 5 - Enhance assessment and referral to substance abuse treatment

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS 5

Online Trainings

WEBINARS

Online trainings are available for non-profit, coalitions and other community stakeholder on the implementation of the Rx Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative.

Working With Law Enforcement
12/21/2016
Partnering with local law enforcement is critical to the success of implementing the Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative in the community.
Rx Toolkit Community Spokesperson
12/21/2016
As a Community Coalition Leader, you will have the tools and support necessary for raising awareness and getting key community leaders on board with the Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative using the Rx Toolkit as the spokesperson.
Rx Toolkit Overview
12/22/2016
The Rx Toolkit is designed with the theme Awareness. Action. Outcomes!
Public Service Announcements
12/22/2016
One of the very best ways to reach a large audience about the Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative in your community is through Public Service Announcements.
E-mail and Social Media
12/22/2016
The use of E-mail blasts, social media and blogs strengthen prescription drug prevention efforts and are vital to the successful use of the Rx Toolkit.