Arizona Saw Over 900 Opioid-Related Deaths In 2017

A total of 949 overdose deaths last year were due to opioids as the primary cause of death, according to the newly released 2017 Arizona Opioid Emergency Response Report.

Arizona has experienced a 20 percent increase opioid-related deaths when compared to the 800 that occurred in 2016.

Findings:

The number of heroin deaths accounted for 36 percent of opioid-related deaths.

Opioid deaths among men have historically been higher than women, and are continuing to increase at a faster rate.

The percent of patients receiving referrals to behavioral health or substance abuse treatment services after an overdose has increased from 45% in June 2017 to 73% in May 2018.

The number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by pharmacists has more than tripled in recent months. July – September 2017, fewer than 900 naloxone kits were dispensed each month.

In May 2018, 3,498 kits were dispensed to the public.

The number of opioid prescriptions filled declined 40% between June 2017 and June 2018.

The number of opioid pills dispensed decreased 43% between June 2017 and June 2018.

The 4 & 4 report is a list of patients who have obtained controlled medications from 4 different doctors and 4 different pharmacies in a given month. There has been a 62% decline in the number of patients on this report – from 99 in July 2017 to 38 in June 2018.

4 Comments on "Arizona Saw Over 900 Opioid-Related Deaths In 2017"

  1. The Evil One | August 7, 2018 at 6:14 am | Reply

    “The number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by pharmacists has more than tripled in recent months. July – September 2017, fewer than 900 naloxone kits were dispensed each month.”

    Go, Obamacare, Go.

  2. The Oracle of Tucson | August 7, 2018 at 10:12 am | Reply

    While it might be statistically convenient to group heroin deaths into the headline that “A total of 949 overdose deaths last year were due to opioids as the primary cause of death”.
    But when you remove the number of heroin deaths which accounted for over a third at 36 percent of opioid-related deaths it reduces the number of deaths by prescribed pain meds.
    Not to be “insensitive”, but I personally don’t want to be denied pain meds when medically warranted because other people can’t get their acts together.
    I don’t want to have my pain mismanaged because other people can’t manage to get their pain under control without abusing prescribed meds and unprescribed drugs.
    According to ADOTs website; annually, impaired driving crashes account for about 4 percent of all collisions and one-third of fatal collisions but we aren’t out banishing booze. Crashes involving impairment related to alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication killed 406 people and injured 4,089 in 2016.
    So while law enforcement aggressively persues paralytic drivers who choose to get drunk and operate a two ton killing machine, the federal and state officials are obsessed with punishing those in legitimate pain with increasing burdensome obsticles to prevent junkies from shooting up heroin.
    So as a sociality we’ll justifiably shoot the pig for watching the fox eat the chickens. Yea makes perfect sense to me.
    Sometimes this whole punish everyone to save a few from themselves is just stupid.

    The Oracle

  3. “number of opioid prescriptions filled declined 40% between June 2017 and June 2018.” Try getting pain meds at the VA today, and you will turned away. At best if you get anything it will be a reduced amount, and if it comes up in your next blood test you won’t get anymore. The result is you buy it on the street, drink the pain away or end your life as some are doing. Go after those that are using and sell illegally, and leave those that need it under a doctors care alone.

  4. Ever think people in chronic pain might just use their last RX to gracefully exit? Maybe all the hoops legitimate opiate patients have to jump through to survive just makes them give up? Let’s see… abortion is strictly between a woman and her doctor but all opiates are subject to a bunch of know nothing legislators more interested in looking like a hero rather than caring about real people.

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