One of the Nation's First Real-Time, Comprehensive Opioid Hotlines
for Medical Providers to Launch
The Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona's Poison and Drug Information Centers are launching one of the nation's first real-time, comprehensive hotlines for healthcare providers seeking consultation for complex patients with pain and opioid use disorder. The free hotline, the Arizona Opioid Assistance and Referral Line, will be operated 24 hours a day seven days a week and answered by medical experts at Arizona's Poison and Drug Information Centers to provide support to medical providers about a wide array of opioid-related topics.
"Preventing opioid overdoses and deaths in our state needs a multifaceted approach, and the new hotline is a major step forward as it will give medical providers immediate access to experts who can help to ensure safe prescribing and to identify treatment options for patients, which may or may not include opioids," said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.