week 7 response spring 2023

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Reply to one of your classmates, identifying strategies that they, as an NP, can begin to help clients with an opioid addiction and providing strategies that can help to educate communities.

Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded and incorporate these guidelines in your discussion. The grading for the number of reply posts is based on individual Discussion Board instructions. If the rubric indicates a different number for reply posts, you will not be graded down as long as you have followed the reply post instructions.

In order for this assignment to be considered complete, you will need to address all the prompts including current trends of opioid addiction in your state by Day 3 and reply to at least one classmate with strategies on how they can help patients with an opioid addiction by Day 7. 





Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) looks at non-fatal overdoses and overdose deaths for 2022. In Arizona 2022 there were 3,255 overdose events that were non-fatal which means 44.8 even per 100,000 population (AZDHS, 2022). Age 25-34 (32.1%) were the highest demographic followed by age 34-44 (20.4%) (AZDHS, 2022). The ethnicity most effected was White (45.1%) followed by Hispanic or Latino (22.9%) (AZDHS, 2022). When it comes to overdose that resulted in death there were 1,658 people in 2022 (AZDHS, 2022). Again, the top two age groups were 25-34 and 35-44 and White’s more effected (51.9%) then Hispanic or Latino (30.9%) (AZDHS, 2022). According to Maricopa County, males were affected 2.5 times more than females and 80% of overdose deaths involved multiple drugs (2023). Death rates for synthetic opioids have increased over 6000% in Arizona (Maricopa County, 2023). Arizona clearly has been hit pretty hard with opioid overdoses. Arizona was ranked 13th for most drug overdose deaths in 2020 (Maricopa Country, 2023). Arizona does have several sources and protocol implemented to combat this issue. There are four 24/7 access point locations spread, several outpatient and inpatient clinics, and peer and family support resources (AHCCCS, 2023). In 2018 the Opioid Epidemic Act was introduced. This legislation enforces appropriate prescribing practices, developed and distributed education guidelines for providers, expanded access for treatment and distributed naloxone (AZ Governor, 2018). This call to action has made it possible to get naloxone from pharmacies without a prescription and all emergency personnel (Police, EMS, Fire) all carry naloxone as part of their work equipment. Naloxone is also kept in all municipals building right next to AEDs.        


Arizona Department of Health Service. (2022). Opioid prevention. Arizona department of health services. https://www.azdhs.gov/opioid/index.php#dashboards-nonfatal-overdoses

Arizona Govenor. (2018). Opioid epidemic act pitchbook [PDF]. azgovenor.gov. https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/opioidepidemicactweb_0.pdf

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. (2023). Accessing and locating treatment. azahcccs.gov. https://www.azahcccs.gov/Members/BehavioralHealthServices/OpioidUseDisorderAndTreatment/Locating_Treatment.html

Maricopa County. (2023). Mental health and substance use data. Maricopa.gov. https://www.maricopa.gov/5079/Mental-Health-and-Substance-Use



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