ASU SIRC Opioid Initiatives

ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center Opioid Initiatives

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Photos from ASU SIRC Opioid Initiatives's post 04/10/2024

April is Counseling Awareness Month! 🌱 Let's shed light on the power of counseling, especially for those battling opioid use disorder.

From providing support and coping strategies to guiding towards recovery, counseling offers a lifeline of hope and healing.

Together, let's break the stigma and spread awareness about the life-changing benefits of counseling. πŸ’™

Photos from ASU SIRC Opioid Initiatives's post 04/03/2024

πŸ“’ Exciting news!!! πŸ“’

Our Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Course and Toolkit, launched with the support of and , is now available on our website. This 101-level course, previously offered through ASU's CareerCatalyst, is designed for providers working with those with opioid use disorder (OUD). πŸ’ŠπŸ’‘

Access the course using this link or the QR code on the last slide of our post:

Photos from ASU SIRC Opioid Initiatives's post 03/29/2024

Celebrating this Sunday March 31st with love and support for our trans and non-binary community! πŸ³οΈβ€βš§οΈ

πŸ’– Let's shine a light on their strength and resilience. πŸ’–


Understanding Arizona's Good Samaritan Law: It protects those who help in emergencies, including opioid overdoses.

🀲 Step up to help someone in crisis without worrying about legal consequences for yourself or your actions.

πŸ“ž If you see signs of an overdoseβ€”vomiting, slowed breathing, unconsciousness, dilated pupils, or a slowed heart rateβ€”don't hesitate to dial 911.

Let's make a safer community together! πŸ’ͺ



From our friends at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs! Give them a follow 😊

We all know how stress can affect the body, but did you know that it can more than triple risk of substance use or relapse?


Exploring H.R. 6: The Support Act of 2018

🌍 Highlights:

🀝 State Response Grants now offer more support and flexibility for Tribal communities.
πŸš‘ First responder training expanded to include naloxone use and fentanyl safety.
🏨 New grants for opioid recovery centers providing a range of care options.
πŸ” Updated HHS regulations aim to identify and address fraudulent recovery housing practices.

Stay informed about the evolving landscape of opioid recovery efforts.


Breaking Down the New Methadone Regulations for Opioid Use Disorder:

πŸš€ Telemedicine now includes audio-only visits under expert care.
πŸ’‘Simplified patient consent for health information use.
🌟 Methadone eligibility updated, focusing on patient needs and recovery.
πŸ” Streamlined criteria for high-risk individuals, including pregnant women and recently incarcerated.

There regulations go into effect in October 2024.

Stay informed, stay healthy!

Photos from ASU SIRC Opioid Initiatives's post 03/08/2024

πŸŒ΅πŸ’‘ Attention Arizona community and ASU students:

It's important to remember that you're not alone when dealing with mental health and substance use challenges. Seeking assistance is a brave step towards healing. Arizona has various support networks designed to offer help.

Please scroll through the content of this post to find harm reduction, substance use disorder, and mental health resources. No matter what you're going through, there's a path toward wellness with the support of those around you.

Let's lean on each other and move forward into hope and healing. Your journey matters. 🌈


Today and every day, we celebrate the strength, resilience, and courage of women navigating the path to recovery.

On International Women's Day, let's amplify their voices, support their journeys, and advocate for inclusive, compassionate harm reduction strategies.

Together, we empower change. πŸ’œβœ¨

Photos from ASU SIRC Opioid Initiatives's post 03/06/2024

πŸ–€ Remembering Lives Lost to Overdoses on Black Balloon Day πŸ–€

Today, March 6th, we observe Black Balloon Day, a day of remembrance and awareness for those we've lost to drug overdoses. It's a time to honor friends, family, and loved ones who have tragically passed away too soon.

Why Black Balloons?

Black balloons symbolize the loss and grief that accompany overdose deaths. Displaying a black balloon is a powerful way to show solidarity, support survivors, and remember the lives that have been lost.

Today, let's stand together in memory of those we've lost and commit to action that can prevent future tragedies. Your voice, your story, and your actions can make a difference.

πŸ–€ πŸ–€

Photos from ASU SIRC Opioid Initiatives's post 03/02/2024

🚨 Big News for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment 🚨

In February 2024, significant updates were made to Part 8 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), revolutionizing access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD). These changes, effective in October 2024, aim to enhance treatment access and retention, marking a significant step forward in combating the opioid crisis.

For a deeper dive into the updates, visit the SAMHSA website:


We are excited to be tabling at the AZ Public Health Association Annual Conference on Opioids!


Our Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) guide for providers has been updated! This brief guide addresses topics such as misconceptions of MOUD, when MOUD might be beneficial to patients or clients, and explains the different medications available. If you're interested in this FREE resource, please use the QR Code or go to our LinkTree to order (Link in bio).

Photos from ASU SIRC Opioid Initiatives's post 02/16/2024

🌟 Stay Safe, Stay Informed 🌟

Why gamble with your health? πŸŽ› Fentanyl, a potentially lethal additive, is undetectable by sight, smell, or taste. But there's good news! Drug safety testing can detect unwanted additives and reduce risks! 🌈

πŸ”¬ With drug safety testing, including the use of fentanyl test strips (FTS), you hold the power to make informed decisions, reducing the risks and protecting your well-being. is here to support you, offering FREE FTS at various harm reduction sites across the state. πŸ“

Knowledge is power, and in this case, it could be lifesaving. πŸ’ͺ


πŸ’– This Valentine's Day, let's spread love and support with harm reduction! πŸ’‰β€οΈ

Share the care by educating your loved ones on safe practices and encouraging open conversations about health and safety. Remember, carrying naloxone and knowing how to use it can save a life, because every heartbeat matters. πŸš‘βœ¨


Research over nearly three decades demonstrates that Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) are a safe and effective public health approach to reduce the harms associated with drug use.
In Arizona, SSPs became legal in 2021 with the passing of SB1250. Several organizations, including Sonoran Prevention Works, Southwest Recovery Alliance, Shot in the Dark, The Sidewalk Project, and Feed Phoenix, operate SSPs in Maricopa County, with additional programs available throughout the state.

Photos from ASU SIRC Opioid Initiatives's post 02/07/2024

Naloxone is an FDA-approved medication designed to quickly reverse opioid overdoses. As an opioid antagonist, it binds to opioid receptors, reversing and blocking the effects of opioids.

With over five Arizonans dying every day from opioid overdoses, it's crucial that we educate ourselves about opioid overdose and carry naloxone to save lives.

Naloxone can be purchased over-the-counter or acquired for free through various organizations. Sonoran Prevention Works (), the largest distributor of community naloxone in the country, is based in Arizona and offers naloxone for free to the public.

For more information about naloxone, including where to obtain free naloxone, please visit the following website:


Harm reduction has become increasingly vital with over 100,000 drug-involved overdose deaths occurring in 2022 alone.

Harm reduction and harm reduction strategies currently stand as a key component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Overdose Prevention Strategy.

Throughout February, we will be digging deeper into harm reduction strategies that have been proven to reduce harm associated with drug use.



Join us in shaping the future of recovery homes in Arizona! 🏑

Apply now to become a member of the AZ Recovery Home Advisory Board. 🀝 Our mission is to promote best practices and excellence in recovery homes statewide.

πŸ” We are seeking individuals who:

-Own or lead AZDHS-licensed recovery homes 🏠
-Possess a minimum of 5 years of experience in the field πŸ“…
-Are familiar in state-level oversight for licensure πŸ“œ

Make a difference and contribute to the enhancement of recovery support services! Apply today and be part of the positive impact!


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Embrace the art of self-care! 🌿 Take a moment to prioritize your well-beingβ€”whether it's a quiet walkπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ, a good book πŸ“š, or a soothing cup of tea πŸ«–.
Or, self-care could be something entirely different for you!
Whatever recharges you, make the time for it. Remember, self-care isn't selfish, it's essential. πŸ’™

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