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Gov. Ducey declares health crisis after opioid deaths rise


PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declared a statewide opioid public health emergency in the wake of a new report that shows overdose deaths increased by 16 percent last year.

The governor's declaration will allow the state Department of Health Services to quickly develop a plan to require health providers to increase reporting on opioid-related deaths. That will allow the department to better understand how overdose deaths are happening and how to address the issue.

The order also allows the department to increase the availability of the opioid antidote naloxone, develop n...

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