Summit hopes to start 'Turning the Tide' of opioid addiction in AZ

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Opioids are highly addictive. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Opioids are highly addictive. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Drugs like OxyContin, oxycodone, Percocet and other opioids are among the most common prescription drugs diverted for illegal use.  (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Drugs like OxyContin, oxycodone, Percocet and other opioids are among the most common prescription drugs diverted for illegal use.  (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
In 2015, more than 401 people died from an overdose of prescription opioid pain relievers, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. (Source: Gavin Maxwell/Cronkite News) In 2015, more than 401 people died from an overdose of prescription opioid pain relievers, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. (Source: Gavin Maxwell/Cronkite News)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A unique summit in Phoenix Monday is expected to take a closer look at the growing problem of opioid addiction in Arizona.

The Drug Enforcement Agency and Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) are hosting Arizona Opioid Summit: Turning the Tide at the Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix North.

Hundreds of people -- law enforcement representatives, treatment and prevention specialists, medical practitioners and community advocates – are expected to attend the daylong event.

[READ: Fight for opioid regulation continues as abuse of prescription painkillers soars]

[READ: Opioid update: Painkiller misuse in U.S. doubled in decade]

The intention of the DEA and HIDTA “is to bridge the gaps between traditionally isolated operations to collectively address this crisis and begin the process of Turning the Tide in Arizona.”  

The idea is that attendees will share ideas and strategize solutions to “this exploding trend in drug addiction.”

In October, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill capping the first fill of opioid-based prescriptions to seven days for workers insured by the state and anyone insured through Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the state's Medicaid program.

"This is a preventive step, and one we hope that employers and insurance companies will follow our lead to address the scourge of addiction on the front end," Ducey said a the time.

[READ MORE: Ducey limits Medicaid, state insurance opioid prescriptions]

The bill came months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for prescribing opioid pain medication.

[RELATED: New guidelines advise doctors to cut down on opioid painkiller prescriptions]

Monday's summit is the first of its kind in Arizona.

Other participating agencies include the MATFORCE (a Yavapai County-based coalition), the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Administration, Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Sonoran Prevention Works, Navajo County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Department of Health Services, Correctional Health Services, Community Medical Services. 

[RELATED: Opioid epidemic costs U.S. $78.5 billion annually]

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