Opioid Overdose - A Public Health Emergency
“ 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. In 2020, the problem of opioid overdose incidents in Mesa has grown by at least 48% and number of deaths as a result of opioid overdose grew at least 96%.
By way of comparison, during 2018 the Mesa Fire and Medical department responded to 65 fatalities attributed to opioid overdose; more than the number of deaths by traffic accidents (27) and murder (17) combined during the same time period responded to by Mesa Police.
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.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health created MaricopaRx as an online tool to connect treatment providers, educators, community-based organizations, law enforcement, and other stakeholders engaged in the fight to end the opioid epidemic in Maricopa County and beyond.