Health officials: 191 suspected opioid overdoses in Arizona last week

The deadly statistics of opioid addiction during one week in Arizona.

Over the course of the last seven days, Arizona health officials, medical examiners and emergency responders reported shocking numbers regarding opioid overdoses.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Service (ADHS), there were reportedly 191 suspected opioid overdoses, with 15 of those turning fatal.

“One life lost to these highly addictive drugs is too many," Gov. Doug Ducey said in a release from the ADHS. "One more person becoming hooked is no longer an option. Our public health response will begin working on targeted solutions to curb this opioid epidemic.”

The data collection is part of Ducey's June 13 executive order which requires opioid overdose data to be reported to the ADHS within 24 hours.

Under the executive order, data is collected on opioid-related overdoses and deaths, naloxone doses (overdose reversal drug), and cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (newborns exposed to addictive opioids). 

"This new, real-time data gives us a clear picture we didn’t have before,” Ducey said.

According to a release, 18 incidents of neonatal abstinence syndrome were reported and 102 doses of naloxone were administered during the first week of reporting.

“In addition to the data collection, we are currently working to train over 700 law enforcement and emergency medical services, or EMS providers, on naloxone administration,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of ADHS, said in a release. “Our training will expand to public health, clinicians, and pharmacists, to share knowledge on overdose recognition and treatment, naloxone administration, opioid-related reporting, appropriate prescribing practices, and medication assisted treatment.”

For more information and update-to-date opioid-related reporting, visit azhealth.gov/opioid.

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