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Arizona Implements Rx Restrictions to Curb Teen Opioid Addiction

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Starting on January 1, 2019, the state of Arizona is now requiring doctors in metropolitan areas to write prescriptions for opioid medications exclusively online. This E-prescription requirement is part of a broader set of limitations set forth in the recently adopted Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act. For young adults all over the United States, opioid addiction often begins with a prescription for opioids following wisdom tooth extraction surgery. This measure by the Arizona legislature is intended to ensure that teens’ propensity for addictive behaviors does not result in addiction through continual renewal of such prescriptions.

In addition to attempting to curb the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions being written, Arizona is launching a new public service campaign with the tagline “Opioids getting in is easier than getting out.” The campaign contains graphic images of drug use and its effects, and it is expected to discourage teenagers and young adults from trying addictive opioid substances.

As part of the campaign, survivors of opioid addiction are telling their story at local schools around the state. Officials and those working on this campaign hope survivors’ stories of overdose, illness, and the harrowing recovery process will be sufficient to help many Arizona teens decide in advance to say “no” to recreational or excessive use of opioid medications.

Opioid Addiction Rehabilitation in Scottsdale

At Acceptance Recovery Center, we believe in helping people who want to change, no matter what it takes. We are thankful for the actions taken by Arizona state legislators to prevent dangerous drug use in our community, but we are also available to step in and help those who are already struggling under the heavy weight of drug addiction.

If you or someone you love is showing signs of dependence on or addiction to opioids, we are here to help. Learn more about our drug rehab programs in Scottsdale and consider taking the first step today.

Call 1-844-302-0440 to find out how we can help.

About Dr. Greg Gale, MD

Dr. Greg Gale has been practicing and providing leadership in the field of psychiatry, substance use, and integrated care in the Phoenix metropolitan area for over 11 years. He joins us from his role as a national medical director overseeing behavioral health, substance use, and integrated care services for Humana Behavioral Health. Previously, he was CMO and VP of Clinical Services at Partners in Recovery, a not-for-profit behavioral health and substance use service organization, which operates five clinics throughout Maricopa County. Read more about Dr. Greg Gale, MD 

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