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Understanding the Opioid Crisis in Arizona

When it comes to the nationwide opioid crisis, Arizona has one of the nation’s highest rates of opioid overdoses and deaths. Explore why this is and what the state is doing to prevent it.

In This Article:

  • Opioids are painkillers that can be up to 100 times more powerful than morphine. Some are legally prescribed, some are not; all are addictive.
  • Opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. have doubled since 2010 and quadrupled since 1999. Arizona currently has the 12th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country.
  • Governor Doug Ducey declared the opioid crisis to be a Public Health Emergency back in 2017. The state then launched the Opioid Action Plan 1.0 and 2.0 in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

If you or someone you know has an addiction, learn more about the opioid crisis and seek our counseling services today.