PHOENIX - The numbers are staggering and they are not slowing down. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there have been at least 875 suspected opioid deaths between June of 2016 until February of 2018. On top of that, there have been roughly 5,700 suspected opioid overdoses.
Now, a shocking new study shows the battle against the crisis starts with the basics: 90 percent of Arizona residents who need treatment are not getting the access they need.
The data comes from The Foundation for Aids Research's Opioid and Health Indicators Database.
"The number of overdoses is increasing and surely lack of access to treatment contributes to that," said Dr. Patrice Harris.