Opioid Abuse Awareness & Support

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
  • Confusion
Opioid Awareness Infographic: 4 Americans die per hour from opiod overdose
Opioid Awareness Infographic: 790 Arizonns died from opioid overdose in 2016, an average of more tha
Opioid Awareness Infographic: Since 2012 opioid deaths in Arizona have increased 74 percent

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:

ADHS Opioid Epidemic website

Where to call for help:

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)
  • Crisis Response Network (Maricopa County)
    602-222-9444 / 602-347-1100
  • Oasis
    2190 N. Grace Blvd., Chandler
  • Quail Run
    2545 W. Quail Avenue, Phoenix
  • Recovery Innovations
    11361 N. 99th Avenue, Peoria
  • Urgent Psychiatric Care Center
    1201 S. 7th Avenue #150, Phoenix
RX Drug dropp off container

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.

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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.

Hooked Website