Heroin and opioid addiction goes beyond the use of illegal drugs. Doctor-prescribed opioids (fentanyl, codeine, oxycodone, morphine) can become highly addictive. In fact, the misuse and addiction to prescription pain killers, heroin and synthetic opioids has become a national crisis.
The faces of those addicted to opioids, and dying from them, include teenagers, parents, and grandparents from all socio-economic backgrounds. This site is designed to help you or someone you love to get the help they need, before it’s too late.
Opioid Abuse Warning Signs:
Dramatic mood shifts
Changes in eating/sleeping habits
Doctor shopping (getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors)
Teens- decline in academic performance / skipping classes / change in friends
Pulling away from family members and close friends
Faced with the alarming numbers, Governor Ducey declared this issue a statewide public health emergency in 2017 and asked the ADHS to explore the epidemic and propose solutions.
Initial findings in the ADHS report call for additional first responders to be trained on the use of naloxone (Narcan), used to help reverse an opioid overdose. The ADHS report also includes key legislative proposals to further reduce this crisis:
Imposing a 5 day limit on all first fills for opioid patients to decrease the risk of dependence.
Require e-prescribing for some controlled substance medications to mitigate fraudulent prescriptions.
Require pharmacists to check if a patient has been prescribed both an opioid and a benzodiazepine – a combination proven to significantly increase the risk of an overdose.
To learn more about Arizona’s Opioid Crisis including real-time statistics visit:
If you think you are addicted to an opioid drug, talk to your doctor immediately! Here are some additional Valley resources that may be able to help you fight the addiction, or someone you suspect that may be addicted:
If emergency or dangerous situation, dial 911!
Aurora Behavioral Health System 6015 W. Peoria Avenue, Glendale 623-344-4400 / 480-345-5400 (Tempe)
Community Bridges AZ
824 N. 99th Avenue, Avondale (other locations in Phoenix/Mesa) 877-931-9142
Quail Run 2545 W. Quail Avenue, Phoenix 602-455-5694
Recovery Innovations 11361 N. 99th Avenue, Peoria 602-636-4605
Urgent Psychiatric Care Center 1201 S. 7th Avenue #150, Phoenix 602-416-7600
RX Drug Drop-off Program
RX Drug Drop-off - Safely drop-off your unwanted/expired prescription drugs in the lobby of Surprise Police, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, 24/7! Learn more...
Both Surprise Police and Fire-Medical crews are trained on the use of naloxone (Narcan) to help prevent opioid overdose during emergency calls.
Treat and Refer program
The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has also established partnerships with substance abuse facilities that allow for direct transfer and immediate evaluation of patients as part of the new Treat and Refer program.
Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona
Surprise Police have hosted drug awareness symposiums and participated in Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona, a special investigative video report produced by advanced journalism students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on the growing perils of heroin and opioid use. The school has since released a website dedicated to prescription drug addiction entitled Hooked RX.