Arizona City Council Member Kevin Thompson
City Council Member Thompson serves the city of Mesa, Arizona. His office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 11/1/2019 23:54 PM.
If a resident in your city visited your office and said that he or she had some spare time and wanted to volunteer to help alleviate the opioid crisis, what kinds of activities would you recommend?
I would ask that they attend our Community Court if they have more than 2 or 3 previous legal confrontations with the law. If they have a single encounter, then I would refer them to our Angle Program.
Recently, many overdoses are increasingly due to fentanyl. What can cities do to protect against this newest threat to public health?
Educate the community on the impact, and maintain a strong vigilance on the trafficking of fentanyl.
How much support has your city received from federal and state government public health agencies, opioid safety coalitions, elected officials, and nonprofit organizations or foundations?
A lot from the State, but the State needs to ease the restrictions to the Angel Program so more addicted can take advantage of the program to reduce recidivism.
If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?
Unsure at this point. The Governor has done a great job of changing the number of opioid pills that can be prescribed.
Are there any additional resources your department could use that would help alleviate the crisis in your city?
I would be open to any programs that save lives and tax dollars.