The Opioid Epidemic

Pill bottle and syringe with the text "The Opioid Epidemic" in bold letters.

Why is this an important topic?

Opioid manufacturers and distributors, and opioid over-prescribing have created a market with an abundance of medication. In addition, the illegal drug trade has increased significantly.  This all puts Arizonans at a greater risk for addiction and overdose.

What can be done to stop the abundance of medication?

As part of a multi-front effort by the Arizona Attorney General’s office to combat the Opioid Epidemic, the Community Outreach section has created a pilot program in Mohave and Gila counties. Mohave and Gila counties have been identified as the hardest-hit Arizona regions in terms of opioid overprescribing.

This program seeks to reduce availability of opioids by providing a safe disposal method for unused and unneeded medication. The program also provides educational materials to further educate and inform consumers.

The program will provide drug deactivation pouches to participating pharmacies in Mohave and Gila counties. The participating pharmacies will provide the free pouches to consumers to dispose of any unused prescription medication.

List of participating pharmacies

If you are not a participating pharmacy and are interested, please contact us at communityservices@azag.gov.

In addition to the deactivation pouches, the Attorney General’s office will provide educational information about the Opioid Epidemic and resources to prevent opioid addiction and consumer fraud.

What can you do?

Sign up to receive a free drug deactivation pouch and educational materials.

To request a free educational presentation on Opioid Awareness or Consumer Scams please fill out this presentation request form.

If you feel you have been a victim of consumer fraud, complete a Consumer Complaint Form.


Statistics for Arizona: Since 2017, 11,281 suspected overdose deaths.

Opioid Actions Taken by the Attorney General’s Office:


Signs of Opioid Addiction including; being unable to stop, arrested or hospitalized for drug use, affecting relationships with family and friends.

 

How to Help: Recognize that substance abuse is a medical condition. Talk to family members, friends, drug help lines, or a healthcare professional. Request an educational packet or drug deactivation pouch.

Additional Resources


Resources for help

Southwest Behavioral
SAMHSA
CBI
Oar Line