Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is intended as an educational resource. It is not intended as a substitute for seeking or obtaining a health care provider’s professional medical judgement or advice.

Referrals

Where can someone seek treatment for opioid addiction?

  • Patients living in Kingman, Mesa, Phoenix, Prescott Valley or Tucson:
  • The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family has a database of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery programs based on zip codes. This database also provides information on program type, services offered and payment types/insurances accepted (if given).
Drug Drop-Off/Unused Opioids

I have unused opioids that I no longer want in the house. What should I do?

  • Locations have a drop-box to dispose of unwanted drugs in a confidential manner.
  • If you are absolutely unable to get to a drug drop-box or a take-back program in a timely manner, and you have children or other people in your residence that could be exposed to your opioids, then the FDA recommends flushing them down the toilet if they are one of these medications.
Education

Where can I find more information about how the opioid epidemic is affecting Arizona?

  • The ADHS Opioid Epidemic website that has real time statistics about the opioid epidemic in Arizona and also has useful information about opioids and naloxone.

How do I know what an opioid overdose looks like?

Naloxone

Do I need a prescription to get naloxone?

New Law on Opioids (AZ SB1001)

How does this new law on opioids affect me?

  • The Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act (PDF), was signed in to law on January 26, 2018.
  • Some highlights are:
    • It limits new (initial) prescriptions for opioids to five days or less and <90 morphine milligram equivalents (MME). There can be exemptions from this rule based on the provider’s reasoning and therapeutic necessity.
      • These regulations do not impact patients currently on opioids for chronic pain management; however, the treating provider may have other reasons for changing the current opioid prescription.
    • There is no legislation requiring providers to reduce or stop prescriptions for patients on existing opioid therapy.
    • Starting in 2019, a pain management clinic will have to be licensed and submit documentation as required to the Arizona Department of Health Licensing Services.
      • Patients under the care of a board-certified pain management provider for chronic pain will be able to maintain their current medication regimen and are not subject to dosage limits.
    • Information for Chronic Pain Patients: Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act Protecting Individuals with Chronic Pain (PDF).
Self-Management Strategies - Chronic Pain

Are there non-pharmacological strategies for patients dealing with chronic pain?

  • The ADHS website contains information on what is chronic pain, self-management tips and info, and resources to other organizations with helpful information.
  • Another recommendation is the Healthy Living with Chronic Pain workshops that are offered by the Arizona Living Well Institute.
    • Workshops offered for 2 ½ hours, once a week, for six consecutive weeks. Throughout the workshop, participants have the opportunity to learn and practice many self-management skills. Healthy Living with Chronic Pain specifically addresses addiction, proper use of pain medication and use of opioids. Workshops are reimbursable by AHCCCS through the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities.
Self-Management Strategies - Peer Support

The Narcotics Anonymous (NA) program is a great peer-to-peer support group.

  • Mission: "Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs."

 

Pregnancy/Breastfeeding

For questions about using opioids while pregnant or breastfeeding, please call the OAR Line at 888-688-4222, and we can connect you with the specialists at MotherToBaby.org, the nation’s leading authority and most trusted source of evidence-based information on the safety of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.