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Yavapai County Community Health Services receives grant

The Yavapai County Community Health Services has received a nearly $500,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent overdose deaths related prescription opioids. The grant will be funded over a five-year period as part of the Prescription Drug

Overdose: Prevention for States program.

"Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) has been partnering with Matforce to implement and improve upon strategies that reduce prescription drug abuse in Yavapai County," said Leslie Horton, YCCHS Assistant Director. She went on to say, "Our strategies have proven extremely effective in reducing the number of overdoses and deaths caused by prescription abuse, and these funds will allow us to continue, and even expand upon, these efforts."

Additional funding will support:

• Prescription drug monitoring programs,

• Improvements to opioid prescribing practices,

• Prevention efforts at the state and community level and

• "Rapid response projects" to address new and emerging problems related to prescription drug overdose.

In 2014, approximately one Arizonan died every day from an overdose due to prescription opioid pain relievers. Compared to other states, these alarming outcomes placed Arizona as the 12th highest state in the nation for drug overdose death rates in 2012 and 12th highest in prescription misuse and abuse among people 12 years of age and older.

"Prescription drug overdose is a public health crisis in Arizona, yet it is a preventable one," said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. "Now we have additional resources to combat the epidemic in our state."

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