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New Grant to Attack Opioid Crisis in Multiple Ways

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Police officers and fire fighter are first responders to get first treatment in training to high the state’s opioid epidemic. The University of Arizona and Arizona Department of Health Services will use a three-tier approach to what Gov. Ducey declared a “statewide emergency,” the growing opioid epidemic. “With 100 to 270 overdoses related to opioids a week, this is an issue that reaches all areas,” Dr. Daniel Derksen, director of UA’s Center for Rural Health, said. One tier will train first responders in administering Naloxone, a drug that blocks opiate receptors in the brain. “This training addresses that basic life support group,” project overseer Taylor George, section chief of AZDHS Bureau of Emergency Services and Trauma System, said. “Their traditional, initial education does not include assessment of a patient or administration of an invasive procedure, such as Naloxone.” The...

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