A recent report on opioid deaths in AZ and concerns around fentanyl
Feb. 25, 2021
The Arizona Public Health Association released a comprehensive report this week about opioid deaths in Arizona. The biggest concern is fentanyl, even a tiny amount can kill someone. Christine Marsh, a representative, spoke this week about losing her son recently to fentanyl and the need to legalize fentanyl testing strips. There is a bill making its way through Legislature. We talked with Will Humble, the Executive Director of the Arizona Public Health Association.
The opioid crisis in Arizona has continued and the death rate from opioids in Arizona has increased. The three-year anniversary of the Arizona opioid epidemic act last month. They put together a report to figure out if it worked and what impact it has had. They also looked at where they were successful and what are the shortcomings. They found that since 2018 January, there has been a slight moderation in the increase of deaths from prescribed opioids. Humble said they have Cena continuing to skyrocket in deaths from fentanyl to synthetic opioids. He said the deaths are really coming from street fentanyl and it is off the charts. He also said he’s about four deaths a day!
One of the things that have happened is people have transitioned from the prescribed opioids to the street fentanyl because they still have those cravings, Humble said. He said they want people to get treatment so they can transition safely off the opioids. The street fentanyl is not a good way to go because it is super powerful and 50 times more potent than heroin, which leaves little room for error, Humble said. W talk about the bills in the legislator right now and if they are good for this crisis.
One bill they have been trying to get past in the legislature for five years. He said many states and countries have used the approach to help deal with the opioid crisis. We talk more about what this bill would do. We also talk about the bill around fentanyl testing strips. It passed out of the Senate unanimously. It will be going to the house now. The sponsor of this bill lost a son to the fentanyl opioid.