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Nationwide the opioid epidemic continues to grow. A recent report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows emergency department visits for suspected overdoses increasing 30% in the U.S. from July 2016 through September of last year.
Locally, we at ASU’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) are combating the issue with coordinated grant money from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
Thanks to the grant, we are working with providers, key stakeholders and the general public, to promote Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), which combines behavioral therapy and medication to treat substance use disorders and promote recovery.
In fact, just last month we invited the community to FilmBar in Downtown Phoenix, where they held a screening of two short films, “Hooked RX” and “Hooked AZ” followed by a panel discussion from three local experts on the opioid crisis.
We’ve also created a Medical Advisory Board to survey and gauge the knowledge, perceptions and experiences of Arizona Medical Prescribers in order to provide up-to-date MAT education.
You can learn more about the CDC’s recent findings by clicking here.