It's no secret that Arizona and the U.S. are in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. Public health professionals, healthcare providers, managed care organizations and first responders have been implementing interventions to improve prescribing practices, better manage addiction, and quickly intervene during overdoses to mitigate the epidemic- yet the crisis has worsened. Policy makers in Arizona and across the nation, including the governor, have taken note and are prioritizing resources and policy directives to mitigate the crisis.
This important Arizona Public Health Association conference, titledArizona's Opioid Epidemic: Evidence - Interventions - Policy, will present recent Arizona opioid epidemic data and will explore interventions and future policy initiatives within public health healthcare and managed care systems, first responders, and county heath departments to mitigate the epidemic.
We will also conduct our annual AzPHA members meeting during the conference as well as hear from Jon Perez, a top official with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) regarding the latest developments at the national level.