AZYP (Arizona Youth Partnership) has received a 5-year grant from SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to see the impact of substance use and mental health in our community. Each year an epidemiologist puts out a community readiness survey to help us assess our community. The data we receive from the surveys helps us and our funders identify what programs and resources our community needs. Currently we are in year 2 of the IMPACT grant. We are asking all community members to spare just ten minutes of their time to take the survey to help prevention efforts for our youth.
“This survey will help bring much-needed resources and programs to our youth and community members. That is why it is vital to spend a short 10 minutes filling out this survey” - Susan Olvera, AzYP Prevention Coordinator
You will find the QR code to the left that will take you directly to the survey or you can use the link below to get to the survey.
AZYP Mission Statement:
Arizona Youth Partnership builds solid foundations for youth and families by partnering with Arizona communities to prevent and solve local issues such as substance abuse, youth homelessness, lack of educational opportunities, teen pregnancy, and challenging family dynamics.
Nationally, 1 in 10 teens will experience dating violence. AZYP is working to bring awareness to this issue by hosting events and sharing resources throughout the month of February. Click on the link below to download your own calendar of events!
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - More and more young people in Arizona, including teenagers, are dying suddenly because of the synthetic drug fentanyl.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) tracks opioid and fentanyl overdose deaths and the numbers skyrocketed during 2020.
For nearly six consecutive months in 2020, healthcare workers recorded more than 200 fentanyl-related deaths per month.
Hannah Cupp was 17. She had a loving family, a job and plans to go to cosmetology school. Her life suddenly ended on Saturday, March 22, 2020.
On that fateful Saturday, Cupp's family thought she was just sleeping in. Hannah’s younger sister went into her bedroom to wake her up, but something was wrong.
"She put our dog at the end of Hannah’s bed, and our dog immediately went up to Hannah and immediately walked away," said Hannah's mother, Sommer Cupp. "I went in there and touched her shoulder, and she was really cold and hard. I touched her shoulder, I noticed there was stuff coming out of her nose, and blood. When I saw the blood, I went running to Mike."
The coroner ruled that Hannah had died overnight after ingesting fentanyl.
"She passed from what was equal to three grains of salt of synthetic fentanyl that she touched on a Percocet pill," said Sommer.
As Hannah’s parents traced her steps before her sudden death, they suspect her insecurities, along with a new boyfriend, may have been factors.
"I think she was vulnerable," said Hannah's father Mike Cupp. "I think she was weak, and this young man had preyed on that."
Hannah was one of five kids in the community who died in 2020 because of fentanyl. In Yavapai County, the number of fentanyl deaths stood at 40 in 2020, compared to 9 in 2019. A deadly spike unlike any other drug before.
"Not to this magnitude, we haven’t, and the other really unusual circumstance we’re seeing is that teenagers are dying. In our county, we’ve had nine teenagers who have died. Five of them in 2020," said Executive Director of Matforce, Merilee Fowler. "The thing that’s unusual about these fentanyl deaths is oftentimes, they’re good kids, but they might be dabbling in drugs a little bit, but they have no idea they’re taking this fentanyl pill and that one pill can kill them. So that’s a very unusual situation for us."
Matforce is a community organization aimed at preventing substance abuse. Organizers have looked into each of the recent teenage fentanyl deaths and have found a pattern.
"We know that kids are feeling stressed, they’re feeling lonely, and I definitely think that it’s had an effect on the opioid epidemic," said Fowler.
Like many adults, Fowler says kids turn to pills to help them feel better.
"I tell all parents they need to monitor their kid's social media. They need to be aware of what’s going on. We’ve identified cases where they’re getting the pills through Instagram or other social media sites."
"Be aware of your kids’ online activities. Look at their Snapchat. Check their rooms. It could be a fatal mistake not doing that," said Sgt. Jared Winfrey with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office's Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) Task Force.
A tiny amount of fentanyl could be potentially fatal. When DEA officials handle fentanyl seizures, they wear hazmat suits and work under a hood with special ventilation, making sure to touch or breathe in the drug.
"Anywhere from 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, but it’s packaged in a way, in these tablets, to where it seems fairly innocent," said Sgt. Winfrey.
The PANT Task Force has seen an influx of fentanyl-laced pills in their community. Sgt. Winfrey says fentanyl is on track to become the number one killer when it comes to drug overdoses in Yavapai County. "It’s completely different, in that one pill can kill. It has, as we’ve seen that with Hannah," said Sgt. Winfrey. Fentanyl-laced pills come in many different colors and shapes.
"People will commonly refer to the blue, M30 pills as 'blues,'" said Sgt. Winfrey. "In text messages, they’ll send a blue M&M, or they’ll call it 'Perks' or 'M30s.'"
As kids in the small community continue to see their peers die from fentanyl, Sgt. Winfrey says some have become proactive in turning in local dealers.
"The kids in the area are furious, and they’ve demanded change," said Sgt. Winfrey. "They’re putting it on social media, and they’re calling Silent Witness and giving us the information we need to make an arrest."
As for Hannah’s family, they’ve become proactive as well, hoping their loss will bring awareness to other parents, and prevent another child from dying from fentanyl use.
"We felt we did everything we could correctly as a loving family," her father said. "She’s supposed to be here with us in this house, but she’s not."
Illicit fentanyl that mimics common medications like aspirin and Xanax are in our communities! Fentanyl is Dangerous & Deadly. Illicit fentanyl is dangerous and 100+ times more powerful than morphine. The pills being found in the community have no visible indication as to their contents. It is important to remember that even a small dose of fentanyl can cause the user to overdose or die and such incidents have increased in Arizona in recent months. As a community we can help stop this drug epidemic from claiming the lives of those we love by talking about the dangers of drug use. This is Not Prescription Fentanyl. Illicitly-produced fentanyl has been found added to heroin, meth, and cocaine to increase their potency. Some people believe they are purchasing another drug, like Xanax, and don’t know that it’s fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths. You Can Help. Naloxone (brand name, Narcan®) is an opioid antagonist that can reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone is available without a prescription at local pharmacies or free through local health departments and prevention coalitions. We encourage community members to obtain naloxone, particularly if a family member is using opioid drugs whether through a legal prescription or due to a use disorder. In cases of a drug overdose, immediately call 9-1-1. A Good Samaritan law was passed in Arizona, when you call to report a drug overdose, you have legal protections.
Mohave Substance-Abuse Treatment, Education, & Prevention Partnership (MSTEPP)
2730 E Andy Devine Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401
(928) 753-0794 x-4336
January 25, 2021
TO: Area News Media
SUBJECT: MSTEPP / AZYP Partnership Naloxone availability
The Mohave Substance-Abuse Treatment, Education & Prevention Partnership (MSTEPP) and the Kingman Office of Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) are proud to announce a joint partnership that will help save lives in the region.
MSTEPP, operating under the Community Action and Response Effort (CARE) grant, provided by the Department of Justice, is working to increase community knowledge of Naloxone and it’s availability to our residents. As part of the new partnership, AZYP will serve as a distribution site for Naloxone which will be provided at no cost.
Naloxone is a reversal agent for opioid overdoses that has saved hundreds of lives in the State of Arizona.
Beginning February 1st the kits will be available on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the AZYP Office located at 2701 E. Andy Devine Avenue, Suite #115. Those needing kits can also contact (760) 470-0609 or (928) 961-0426 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to make special arrangements for pick-up.
For additional information regarding Naloxone or to set up a training please contact Robert DeVries, MSTEPP Program Coordinator at email@example.com or Julie Craig, AzYP Community Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Mar 11, 2018 (6 Mar 2018) Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year — the latest evidence the nation's drug crisis is getting worse. A government report released Tuesday shows overdoses from opioids increased 30 percent late last summer, compared to the same three-month period in 2016.