Last month the Prescott Valley Police Department reported that, in seven months from October 2019 to April 14, 2020, there were twenty-five overdose calls with ten deaths in Yavapai County. Since that time, there have been another seven overdose calls and four deaths in Yavapai County. In Prescott Valley alone, there have been eight overdose calls with, fortunately, no deaths.
The Yavapai County Overdose Fatality Review Board (OFRB) recently released a new report outlining overall findings on the cases that had been reviewed from 2016-2019. The OFRB was formed in 2016, with the goal of determining recommendations to prevent accidental drug overdose death.
Most overdose deaths involve multiple drugs: methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, and alcohol. Recently deaths have increased due to lung damage caused by vaping.
Drug dealers are always manufacturing pills containing fentanyl to look like legitimate medications. Do not take non-prescribed medication or medicines from unknown sources.
The most common ages of users are 21-30 years of age. The second highest category is 61-70 years of age.
Safely dispose of prescription medications. In Prescott Valley, these may be deposited in the pharmacy department at Walgreen Drugs, 2880 N Centre Court, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.
If you or someone you know has a drug problem, there are options available for you! The Northern Arizona Crisis Line 1(877)756-4090 is available 24/7. Drugs are not a victimless crime.
Additional information is available from http://matforce.org.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies or 911 for emergencies. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING – SAY SOMETHING