Opioid crisis leads to 444 suspected cases

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(Source: 3TV/ CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/ CBS 5)
(Source: Arizona Department of Health Services) (Source: Arizona Department of Health Services)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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In the month since Gov. Doug Ducey declared a health crisis related to the abuse of opioids, there have 444 reported cases of suspected opioid overdoses.

[READ MORE: Gov. Ducey declares health crisis after opioid deaths rise]

Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is conducting research on the opioid crisis with real-time data. 

The numbers show that from June 5 through June 29, 444 suspected opioid overdose cases were reported, 36 of them being fatal.

[PDF: Opioid Report from June 15 to June 29]

During the first week of research, studies found that at least 18 babies were born with what appeared to be drug-related withdrawal symptoms. Now, that number has increased to 36.

[RELATED: Report: Highest opioid overdose deaths in AZ in 10 years]

Here are some shocking numbers related to the Arizona opioid crisis.

  • 325 doses of naloxone have been administered outside of the hospital to reverse overdoses; 160 of the naloxone kits were sent out in Week 1 of research
  • 60 percent of those reported are male, 40 percent are female
  • 8 percent of all reported cases are fatal
  • 17,000 Arizona patients on opioid-related drugs rely on the state's version of Medicaid for treatment

The largest area of opioid-related incidents come from Maricopa County, followed by Pima county.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona Opioid Crisis]

At least two Arizonans died of an opioid overdose every day in 2016, according to AZDHS.

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[PDF: Opioid epidemic in Arizona]

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