Opioid Overdose - A Public Health Emergency
“From June 2017 to May 23, 2018, 1,233 Arizonans died from suspected opioid overdose — we’re in the midst of a public health emergency, and we must do all that we can to develop real, targeted solutions.”-Governor Doug Ducey.
What is Opioid Abuse?
The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. To learn more about the epidemic in Arizona and what's being done, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services Opioid Epidemic page.
Learn more about the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act
What does opioid overdose look like in Mesa?
Data based on cases of opioid overdose since June 2017 as responded to by Mesa Fire and Medical Department. Opioid overdose confirmed by 1) patient or witness verification, 2) opioid found on scene or 3) positive response to Narcan treatment. For more information on opioid drugs see https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids
Where are opioid overdoses occurring in Mesa?
Locations are approximated only and are rounded to 1/3 mile increments. Points do not represent actual location of incident.