Opioid Overdose Prevention
The Coconino County Health and Human Services, Opioid Overdose Prevention program is funded via a grant with the Arizona Department of Health Services and is part of a statewide initiative to reduce the number of fatal opioid overdoses.
The Opioid Overdose Prevention Program provides education, promotes harm reduction strategies, and can provide technical assistance to implement best practice policies to prevent fatal opioid overdoses.
Program staff are located in Flagstaff and Page and build partnerships to create awareness of resources pertaining to opioid use.
The opioid epidemic started in the late 90s with the increase in prescriptions of opioid medication. This led to widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids. Starting around 2010, we began to see an increase in the number of deaths attributed to heroin as well. In recent years, with the rise in illicitly manufactured fentanyl, death rates have skyrocketed. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during the 12-month period between May 2020 and April 2021, over 100,000 people died due to a drug overdose. Among these, approximately 75,000 deaths were due to opioids, and predominantly synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
NARCAN (Naloxone) is a life-saving medication, that can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. Having NARCAN and knowing how to use it can save a life. Who should have NARCAN? Anyone in Coconino County can obtain NARCAN free of charge.
Not in Coconino County? Find NARCAN near you
- Coconino County Overdose Fatality Review Annual Report 2023
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Opioid Overdose
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Arizona Department of Health Services Opioid Epidemic
- Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family Opioid Abuse and Misuse
- Arizona Opioid Action Plan
- National Harm Reduction Coalition
- Drug Policy Alliance
- Newly revised Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
- Opioid Prescribing CME Courses
- PrescribeToPrevent - Prescribe Naloxone, Save a Life
- AZ Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (AZ CSPMP) Registration FAQs
Candice Koenker, Program Manager
Southern Region Office
2625 N King St
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Northern Region Office
467 Vista Ave
Page, AZ 86040
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
closed 1 - 2 p.m.