Arizona’s Focus Is On The Opioid Epidemic

News Release

June 6, 2017

On Monday morning, Governor Ducey declared a statewide health emergency to address the growing number of opioid overdose deaths in Arizona.

The declaration allows agencies to more rapidly respond to this public health crisis and empowers our state to utilize all necessary resources to combat it, including by coordinating efforts between public- and private-sector partners.

This is an issue that deserves our state’s full attention:

Associated Press: “Gov. Ducey Declares Heath Crisis After Opioid Deaths Rise.” “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is declaring a statewide health emergency in the wake of a new report that shows deaths from opioid overdoses increased by 16 percent last year. The governor's declaration Monday comes with an order that the state Department of Health Services increase reporting on opioid-related deaths. He also wants the department to review ways to increase the availability of the opioid antidote naloxone, develop guidelines to increase health care provider education and expand access to treatment.” (“Gov. Ducey Declares Heath Crisis After Opioid Deaths Rise,” Associated Press, 06/05/17)

“We must do more.”
Doug Ducey
Governor of Arizona

Arizona Republic: The Emergency Declaration “Seeks To Bolster The State’s Efforts To Counter The Epidemic.” “With 790 Arizona residents dead from opioid overdoses last year, Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public-health emergency that seeks to bolster the state's efforts to counter the epidemic. The declaration will soon require hospitals, doctors and other health providers to more frequently update state health officials on overdose deaths and opioid-related encounters. It also is designed to expand distribution of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone to law enforcement statewide, particularly in communities with clusters of overdose deaths or near-deaths.” (Ken Alltucker, “Arizona Declares Opioid Crisis A Public-Health Emergency,” Arizona Republic, 06/05/17)

Cronkite News: Governor Ducey Is “Calling For A Coordinated Effort By The Medical Community And State And Local Governments To Find Solutions To An Epidemic.” “Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declared a public health emergency spurred by a devastating jump in Arizona opioid deaths in 2016, calling for a coordinated effort by the medical community and state and local governments to find solutions to an epidemic.” (Alexis Kuhbander, “Gov. Doug Ducey Declares Opioid Emergency In Arizona,” Cronkite News, 06/05/17)

AZ Family: Governor Ducey “Wants To Increase Awareness” And “Expand Access To Treatment.” SEAN MCLAUGHLIN: “[Opioid overdoses] increased a whopping 16 percent in Arizona last year. Ducey wants to increase awareness, expand access to treatment. He also wants more availability of Naloxone, which is a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.” (Stephanie Guzman, “Gov. Ducey Declares Health Crisis After Opioid Deaths Rise,” AZ Family, 06/05/17)

Opioid overdoses “increased a whopping 16 percent in Arizona last year.”

KOLD: The Governor’s Declaration “Gives The State The Ability To Coordinate Public Health Initiatives At The State, Local, And Private Level.” “Governor Ducey declared a statewide emergency Monday in an effort to combat the growing opioid epidemic, according to a release.  . . . Ducey’s declaration gives the state the ability to coordinate public health initiatives at the state, local, and private level. The Governor's Office said part of the plan is to distribute naloxone to prevent overdose deaths, as well as working closely with doctors and hospitals for enhanced reporting of overdose deaths.” (Carolyn Yaussy, “Gov. Ducey Declares State Health Emergency For Opioid Epidemic,” KOLD, 06/05/17)

KNAU: Governor Ducey “Wants The Department To . . . Develop Guidelines To Increase Health Care Provider Education And Expand Access To Treatment.” “Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has declared a statewide health emergency following an increase of opioid-related deaths in the state. . . . The governor’s declaration Monday comes with an order that the state Department of Health Services increase reporting on opioid-related deaths. He also wants the department to review ways to increase the availability of the opioid antidote naloxone, develop guidelines to increase health care provider education and expand access to treatment.” (“Ducey Declares Statewide Emergency Amid Opioid Epidemic,” KNAU, 06/05/17)

“This is truly an epidemic.”
Dr. Cara Christ
Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizona Capitol Times: “A Real-Time Data System Will Be Created That Will Track Opioid Overdoses And Deaths.” “Gov. Doug Ducey declared a statewide health emergency Monday in light of a report from the Arizona Department of Health Services that stated opioid overdoses now kill an average of two Arizonans a day. As part of the declaration, a real-time data system will be created that will track opioid overdoses and deaths.” (Lauren Marshall, “Governor Declares Health Emergency To Tackle Opioid-Abuse Outbreak,” Arizona Capitol Times, 06/05/17)

KTAR: Arizona Will Now Have “More Resources Available And . . . More Immediate Access To Overdose And Death Data.” “Gov. Doug Ducey declared a health emergency in Arizona on Monday after data showed there was a growing number of opioid overdose deaths in the state.  . . . The declaration allows the state to coordinate public health efforts, make more resources available and gives the state better and more immediate access to overdose and death data.” (Corbin Carson, “Gov. Doug Ducey Declares Opioid Health Crisis In Arizona,” KTAR, 06/05/17)

ABC15: “Overdose Deaths Went Up By 16 Percent Last Year” And “Claimed The Lives Of Almost 800 Arizonans.” STEPHANIE HOCKRIDGE: “In Arizona tonight, a statewide health emergency declared by Governor Ducey. It’s because of the dramatic increase in deaths from opioid overdoses. According to a study Health Department report, overdose deaths went up by 16 percent last year. They claimed the lives of almost 800 Arizonans. The governor wants to see access to treatment expanded, as well as new guidelines developed to increase health care provider education.” (ABC15, 06/05/17)

“The governor wants to see access to treatment expanded, as well as new guidelines developed to increase health care provider education.”

KJZZ: The Declaration “Frees Up Funding So Health Officials Can Accelerate Their Response.” “This growing death toll has led Ducey to declare a statewide emergency, which frees up funding so health officials can accelerate their response. That starts with figuring out how to get more regular, timely reporting about those dying from overdoses and ways the state can expand access to treatment, including naloxone.” (Will Stone, “Ducey Declares State Emergency In Response To Opioid Epidemic,” KJZZ, 06/05/17)

12 News: Dr. Cara Christ Said “The Declaration Enables Her Agency To Figure Out Who's Dying And Why.” “Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency on Monday to deal with the soaring number of overdose deaths in Arizona linked to opioid addiction. . . . The state's top health official says the governor's declaration enables her agency to figure out who's dying and why.” (Brahm Resnik, “Ducey Declares Health Emergency Over Soaring Opioid Deaths,” 12 News, 06/05/17)

“The governor’s emergency declaration unleashes a three-month push to get more information on deaths and overdoses, expand access to treatment, and provide education.”