PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Nearly two years after launching his campaign against opioid addiction, Gov. Doug Ducey said there have been some unintended consequences but insists it is off to a good start.

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Since he declared the opioid crisis in June 2017, the governor says the number of prescriptions filled dropped by 20 percent.

This, he said, is a result of his policies that limited access to the drug.

However, some critics say the move pushed users to seek out street drugs that resulted in the rise of lethal fentanyl and heroin overdoses.

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"There's more to do here. There's (sic) also been some resulting unintended consequences with heroin and fentanyl and other drugs and addiction but we're off to a good start with more to do to help people around the opioid epidemic," said Ducey.

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