Tucson, Ariz — In the ongoing battle of the opioid epidemic, the leadership team of the Border Strike Force recently visited the Community Organization for Drug Abuse Control (CODAC) Health, Recovery, and Wellness Center in Tucson to better understand the treatment and recovery process of opioid addiction. While at the facility, the team was provided an educational tour by CODAC staff and observed the step by step path to recovery an individual would take to help battle the disease that killed at least 800 in Arizona last year alone. Those statistics came from Congresswoman Martha McSally during last week’s Border Security Subcommittee field hearing.
According to CODAC staff, they treat more than 600 people each day at the facility. To supplement the recovery process, the center offers a wide range of programs and services including psychiatric assessment, care and management; individual, couple, family, and group therapy; vocational and education services; and wellness support.
“The Border Strike Force has done a tremendous job with its enforcement efforts of opioid related crime, keeping millions of hits of heroin from hitting our streets and arresting hundreds of criminals responsible for the transportation and dissemination of dangerous and deadly drugs in our state and across our country. But, we realize we can’t and won’t arrest our way out of this epidemic. Understanding the process of recovery and equipping my team with options to help put people on the path to recovery is very important and obligatory as we battle this epidemic,” said AZDPS Major Jack Johnson, Border Strike Force Commander.