Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Navajo County Public Health Services District (NCPHSD) is to ensure that all citizens of Navajo County receive public health services and, in cooperation with local, state and federal agencies, health care institutions and health care providers, ensure those citizens are provided access to a basic set of health services including medical, dental and behavioral health.

 

The Problem

  • Arizona currently ranks 12th highest in the nation for individuals 12+ years misusing and abusing prescription (Rx) drugs AND has the 12th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States at greater than 20 drug overdose deaths/100,000 population. (County Health Rankings and Roadmap)
  • 5.6% of Navajo County youth report current Rx drug misuse – the county ranks 8th highest in the state.  Rx drug misuse is considered “socially acceptable.”
  • Rx drugs are also easy to get (most youth and adults report getting Rx drugs from friends and their or someone else’s home).  And, Rx drugs are incorrectly perceived as safer than street drugs. (Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative )

 

Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Program

A.R.S. § 36-2602 of House Bill 2136 requires the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy (ASBP) to establish a controlled substances prescription monitoring program (CSPMP). The purpose of this legislation is to improve the State’s ability to identify controlled substance abusers or misusers and refer them for treatment, and to identify and stop diversion of prescription controlled substance drugs in an efficient and cost effective manner that will not impede the appropriate medical utilization of licit controlled substances. (Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program)

The NCPHSD works under the Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overseen by the Arizona Department of Human Services (ADHS). The main emphasis of the Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Program is:

  • To implement the “Sign Up to Save Lives” campaign (Rethink Rx Abuse) that increases awareness of the CSPMP and that encourages prescribers, prescribers’ delegates, pharmacists, and pharmacists’ delegates to sign up for and use the CSPMP, and
  • To encourage prescriber and pharmacies adoption of best practices guidelines by printing and disseminating the Arizona Guidelines for Emergency Department Controlled Substance Prescribing, the Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, and the Arizona Guidelines for Dispensing Controlled Substances.

 

What Can the Citizens of Navajo County Do?

  • Practice and promote proper prescription and over-the-counter drug storage in the home. (Three Steps to Safeguard Your Home)
  • Properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs in permanent disposal drop boxes in your community. (Navajo County Drop Box Locations)
  • Talk to youth, families, and other community members about the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse and abuse. (Talk to Your Family, Friends and Other Parents or Drug Free AZ Kids)
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about non-prescription pain relief options. (link to info-Scribbles video)
  • If you or a family member uses a prescription opioid talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about the option of having Naloxone prescribed to use in case of an accidental overdose. (link-What is Naloxone)

 

Contacts

For more information, please contact:
Amy Stradling - Program Manager
Email: amy.stradling@navajocountyaz.gov
(928) 524-4750