Overdose Prevention

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 Navajo County Public Health Services District (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).

Surveillance & Prevention

The Overdose Data to Action grant has two main components: Surveillance and Prevention. We will be using multiple strategies including integration of state and local prevention and response efforts, establishing linkages to care, and ongoing outreach to increase education and awareness within Navajo County. Activities of OD2A include developing an Overdose Fatality Review Committee, developing local data dashboards, ongoing support of the Arizona OAR Line, and encouraging the distribution of Naloxone (PDF).

The Problem

  • Arizona currently ranks 12th highest in the nation for individuals 12-plus years old 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 per 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.

What Can the Citizens of Navajo County Do?

  • Practice and promote proper prescription and over-the-counter drug storage in the home.
  • Talk to youth, families, and other community members about the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse and abuse.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about non-prescription pain relief options.
  • 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.
  • Properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs in permanent disposal drop boxes in your community. See a list of Navajo County drop-box locations.