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Rx epidemic.

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


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What's In Your Medicine Cabinet?

Through numerous private, public and community partnerships, Arizona also has more than 120 permanent Rx drug drop boxes statewide open year-round for anonymous public use. 

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

Rethink Rx Abuse

Arizona is losing someone every day to prescription painkillers – including teens. This trend affects every parent, grandparent and guardian in Arizona, regardless of race or social status.

Right now, communities are coming together and taking action to end this epidemic.

To make a real change, we need to rethink the way we use, store, discard and discuss prescription drugs.

Download the Parent Talk Kit (English)

Dwonload the Parent Talk Kit (Spanish)

Learn more about appropriate disposal of unused or unwanted medications.

Know the Problem
  1. Arizona is being over prescribed
    Enough Rx pain relievers were dispensed in 2013 to medicate every adult in Arizona around-the-clock for two weeks straight
  2. Teens have easy access
    Kids easily obtain meds from friends, family and the medicine cabinet
  3. Arizona is leading to widespread misuse
    More than one Arizonan dies every day from an overdose due to prescription opioid pain relievers
  4. Misuse is leading to addiction
    The strongest risk factor for heroin addiction is addiction to prescription opioid pain relievers

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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

438 babies were born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in 2014 – a 235% increase since 2008

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.



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.



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


Online Trainings


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
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
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
The Rx Toolkit is designed with the theme Awareness. Action. Outcomes!
Public Service Announcements
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
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.