Opioid Usage

Staff presented to the Public Safety Committee on December 11th on the opioid challenges Mesa faces and have come up with the following recommendations:

  1. Increase patient and public awareness and prevent opioid use disorder • Fire/Medical social services program
  2. Improve prescribing and dispensing practices
  3. Reduce illicit acquisition and diversion of opioids
  4. Improve access to treatment • Mesa Police Department early interventions • Fire/Medical social services program
  5. Reduce opioid deaths • Mesa Police Department initial contact and early interventions through administration of naloxone and associated training • Fire/Medical social services response model of follow up.
  6. Consideration of joint Police/Fire&Medical civilian Social Services Intervention Teams (SSIT’s)
  7. Increase patient and public awareness and prevent opioid use disorder
  8. Begin Team follow-ups on all patients administered naloxone by Police/Fire & Medical\
  9. Improve access to treatment • The Team to start with 658 patient overdoses from 2017 to: • Assure treatment plans are in place • Work with the patient’s case worker, probation officer, etc • Give the physical presence to encourage patient treatment program compliance