(Phoenix, Arizona) April 23, 2018 – The Honorable Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona, signs proclamation declaring April 23rd -29th, 2018 Addiction Treatment Week in Arizona. National Addiction Treatment Week, an initiative by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), raises awareness that addiction is a disease, evidence-based treatments are available, and recovery is possible.
Statistics show the adverse effects of addiction in Arizona. As highlighted by the Governor’s Office in the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act Primer, there were more than 800 opioid-related deaths in Arizona between June 2017, when the Governor declared the opioid crisis a state-wide emergency, and January 2018. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016, there were estimated 1,382 drug overdose deaths and an average of 2,362 alcohol-related deaths per year Arizona.
The significant treatment gap for addiction in the United States (US) is an important part of the epidemic. Nearly 20.5 million Americans suffer from a substance use disorder (SUD), yet only 1 in 10 people with SUD receive treatment. In 2015, nearly 2.3 million Americans suffered from opioid addiction, yet there was only enough treatment capacity to treat 1.4 million people, leaving a treatment gap of nearly 1 million people.
“We are excited Governor Ducey has taken yet another initiative to promote healthy families and communities throughout the state of Arizona,” said Monica Faira, MD, President, Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine (AzSAM). “Our Chapter, in line with national ASAM, will continue to be of service in helping educate clinicians and the public on the chronicity of addiction and the availability of evidence-based treatment. We also aim to help Arizona increase the number of both competent and confident clinicians equipped to help combat this opioid epidemic.”
To learn more about National Addiction Treatment Week, how to get involved, and spread the word about the need for a larger addiction medicine workforce, visit www.TreatAddictionSaveLives.org.
 Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 16-4984, NSDUH Series H-51). Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/.
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Washington, DC: HHS, November 2016. CH 4-2