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Be Part of Our Regional Video to Help End Opioid Addiction

Post Date:11/14/2017

Kris Baxter-Ging
City of Tempe 
Public Information Officer
480 858-2059

At least two Arizonans die each day as a result of opioid abuse. This is not acceptable. 

To bring awareness to the problem and help people find solutions to opioid addiction, the City of Tempe will create a short video featuring community leaders from city, county and state government, faith leaders, health care professionals and educators. Since this is an issue that affects everyone, everyone is invited to be part of the video.   

"We want to let people know that are hundreds and thousands of people who are working to end opioid addiction in many ways," City of Tempe Councilmember Joel Navarro said. "We are crafting legislation and policy, providing counseling, working with rehabilitation centers, and giving resources to friends and family members. This video is one way we can spread that word."

The idea for the video originated with the Regional Opioid Task Force, which Navarro leads.  People and agencies intending to be part of the video include:

Tempe City Councilmember and Regional Opioid Committee Leader Joel Navarro
Tempe Vice Mayor Robin Arredondo-Savage
Tempe Councilmember Lauren Kuby
Tempe Councilmember Randy Keating
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
Phoenix City Councilmember Daniel Valenzuela
Mesa City Councilmember Jeremy Whittaker
Queen Creek Councilmember Robin Benning 
Faith community members
Tempe Police Department
Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department
Tempe Human Services representatives
City of Scottsdale Police
City of Chandler Police
US Attorney’s Office
Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital
ASU Wellness
Tempe Unified High School District
Community Bridges
Friendly House

People who would like to show their support for those struggling with addiction may be part of this video. Filming will take place in the park outside the Tempe Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Filming the video will take about an hour. 

The video will air on Tempe 11 and several other media outlets around Arizona. 

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