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About Opioids

Opioids can safely reduce pain when prescribed and used correctly. When misused, they can lead to addiction and even death. Between July 1, 2017, and December 31, 2019, there were 34,665 suspected opioid overdoses and 3,780 suspected opioid deaths in Arizona.

The death rate from suspected opioid overdoses spiked in 2020 along with the COVID-19 pandemic. Real-time data collected by the Arizona Department of Health Services shows that this devastating trend is accelerating.

Knowing how to prevent opioid misuse and recognizing and responding to opioid overdose can help save a life.

For the first time, statewide opioid data is available in real time, collected by the Arizona Department of Health Services:

Data range: June 15, 2017October 15, 2021

Safe and easy drug disposal

Have you stopped taking a prescription?

Don’t just toss unused drugs in the trash or dump prescriptions down the drain. It’s not safe for the environment. To prevent visitors, children, and pets from having access, turn in your unused or expired prescriptions at a drug take-back kiosk.

Click the map to view statewide locations that are part of the Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal program. The Arizona Crime Prevention Association maintains a list of other safe disposal locations. Click here for more locations.

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