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Ambulances to hit Arizona roadways with new safety messaging

Program partners hope it will help increase access and use of Arizona Opioid Assistance & Referral Line

PHOENIX (October 4, 2021) – The Arizona Poison & Drug Information System, Arizona, and Banner Health Poison & Drug Information Center , American Medical Response (AMR), and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced they have partnered in a new effort to promote health and safety to Arizona residents and visitors. 

Starting today, a portion of the AMR Phoenix ambulance fleet will feature display ads for the Arizona Opioid Assistance & Referral (OAR) Line. The advertisement will be seen throughout the state as AMR delivers care to area communities. 

The OAR Line is a free and confidential 24/7 hotline for assistance with all opioid-related questions, including access to resources, naloxone kits, and assistance with medical treatment. The OAR Line is staffed 24-hours a day with trained nurses and pharmacists who also have access to a toxicologist.

“We are incredibly proud to see these ambulances hitting area roadways with this new and very important messaging,” said Dr. Daniel Brooks, medical director of the Banner Poison & Drug Information Center. “If we help to save just one life with these new ambulance designs, then our work has been worth it.”

For residents seeking opioid-related resources, they can contact the Arizona OAR line at 888.688.4222.

American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department, www.ruralmetrofire.com. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram.

AMR is part of the Global Medical Response family. Global Medical Response, Inc. is the industry-leading air, ground, specialty and residential fire services, and managed medical transportation organization. With more than 38,000 employees, GMR delivers compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency and patient relocation services in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.globalmedicalresponse.com.

As one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the team at Banner Health is committed to ensuring all Banner locations are a safe place for care. Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health owns and operates 30 acute-care hospitals and an array of other services, including: Banner Imaging, Banner Telehealth and Banner Urgent Care. Team members are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of patients, be it a routine checkup, elective surgery or an urgent health service. Waiting room and employee workstation layouts maintain proper social distancing; screenings are conducted at hospital entrances to verify that all employees and visitors are well; all Banner physicians are equipped to visit patients remotely. Learn more about Banner's commitment to safety at bannerhealth.com/safecare.

The Center for Toxicology and Pharmacology Education and Research (CTPER) was formed through a partnership between Arizona’s two Poison Control Centers, researchers and medical toxicologists. CTPER runs through the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and provides expertise, education, and essential research in the field of medical toxicology as well as encourage a stronger awareness of proper medication safety and disaster preparedness. 

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