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Opioid Crisis - Reporting Requirement Extended

Friday, October 6, 2017  
Posted by: Kate Gagne
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Recent data has revealed that in 2016, more than two Arizonans died each day due to opioid-related causes, with a tripling in the number of deaths due to heroin since 2012. On June 5, 2017, Governor Doug Ducey issued his first public health emergency declaration, which called for a statewide effort to reduce opioid deaths in Arizona. An Enhanced Surveillance Advisory following the declaration resulted in 280 suspected opioid deaths and 2,361 suspected overdoses reported since June 15th. 

As Governor Ducey's Executive Order related to opioids approaches its conclusion, AzDHS has amended the rules in 9 A.A.C. 4 to include Article 6 - Opioid Poisoning-Related Reporting. This will maintain a surveillance system for opioid overdoses, similar to other non-communicable diseases.  These emergency rules have been approved and are effective immediately.

A webinar is scheduled for October 11 to address the questions and concerns required reporters may have regarding the emergency rules, data collection purpose, processes, and outcomes.  Click here to RSVP for the webinar.

The public health emergency declaration directed the Arizona Department of Health Services (AzDHS) to submit a report of the accomplished activities and identify recommendations for combating the opioid epidemic in Arizona. This report, in response to the emergency declaration, is intended to be an action plan that will serve as a catalyst to reducing deaths from opioids in Arizona.
click here to view the state's Action Plan.
click here to view the real-time data for Arizona.
click here to view the training schedule.
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(Note: healthcare professionals or administrators of a health care institution licensed under 9 AAC 10 are required to report under the executive order and under the emergency rules).

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