Substance use disorder affects people of every age, race, class, and gender. No community is untouched by the economic and emotional toll addiction takes.
Arizona has been especially hard hit by opioid misuse. An average of four Arizonans per day die from suspected opioid overdose, according to the real-time tracking the Arizona Department of Health Services began in 2017. The rise in methamphetamine use and street drugs laced with fentanyl has further complicated the problem.
Our imperative is to turn the tide. Struggling with substance use is a symptom of an illness. Recognizing and responding to misuse and addiction is how we save lives.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement funds programs and applied research that support recovery from opioid and substance use disorder and reduce overdose-related deaths in Arizona.
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