Arizona State Laws for Substance Abuse Treatment
Arizona Rehab and Recovery Resources
Arizona Employee Rights
Arizona federal law does not require employers to offer financial compensation when taking leave for health-related issues. This said many employers will offer paid time off (PTO) benefits.
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Arizona employers with at least 50 employees are required to give eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off per year to deal with medical or caregiving issues. This 12 week period can sometimes be extended if extenuating circumstances exist. While on FLMA, employers must continue to provide access to previously issued group health policies. An individual seeking rehab for drug and alcohol addiction who returns to their position within the 12 week period is guaranteed employment within the company.
It should be made clear that the FMLA law does not cover employees who have been released from employment due to the breaking of company employment policies. This includes dismissal for drug use while on site, or earlier drug use that results in any impairment when on the clock.
Arizona Drug Addiction Rates and Statistics
Did you know that during 2010-2011 that Arizona was listed as one of the top ten in use of illicit drug use in those between 12-17 years of ages? In 2010 the number of deaths contributed to drugs was considered markedly higher than the national average. In fact, a total of 1,140 individuals died as a direct consequence of drug abuse. While this number may seem high, consider how devastating it is when compared to the number of traffic or firearm fatalities during the same year. There were 792 deaths as a result of automobile accidents and 931 due to the discharge of firearms.
The report indicated that alcohol is the most abused substance in the state. It is stated that about 10% of the population above the age of twelve years regularly abuses alcohol increases the likelihood that they will develop alcohol dependencies. According to the released report, one in four people over the age of 12 admitted to having drunk alcohol in the past thirty days. This statistic surprisingly included samples from school age children.
While the statistics regarding addiction are shocking, the fact that 40% of the drugs coming from drug producing countries pass through Arizona borders This is shockingly high given that the border between Arizona and Mexico only accounts for 13% of the entire southern border. Arizona is dealing with a drug epidemic on two fronts, the addiction rates and import of illicit substances. In the county of Maricopa, a study suggested that a majority of adults had admitted to using illicit drugs such as methamphetamine. The Maricopa County Drug Court is overwhelmed with drug trafficking, distributing, and possession violations.
Between 1990-2005, the report indicated that the abuse of heroin and cocaine increases by nearly threefold. This was further confirmed by the Department of Health in Arizona sited a parallel increase in drug-related health emergencies.
Arizona Drug Addiction
Arizona is one of the most beautiful states, unfortunately, drug addiction and substance abuse have become a very serious issue for the population. The issue is so severe in fact that the governorship has made major strides in the war on drug abuse in Arizona in recent years. When one takes a look at the most recent data on Arizona drug abuse rates and corresponding death rates, the numbers are somewhat disheartening.
Arizona Drug Laws and Penalties
Arizona state laws are very clear and state that residents may not knowingly possess or use illegal drugs. In fact, if a resident is found under the influence, even if the drugs are not in your possession, you can be charged with drug possession, which is a felony. The state has broken down controlled substances into six categories. These 6 categories are the following:
- Prescription Drugs
- Dangerous Drugs
- Narcotic Drugs
- Substances with potentially toxic vapors
Dangerous Drug possession is a class 4 felony in Arizona. This crime carries fines of $2000 plus or three times the value of the drugs confiscated, whichever is higher. First-time offenders may get off without jail time, but if prior convictions are on the record, one could expect to serve up to 3 years 9 months in prison.
Narcotic possession, including cocaine possession, may be considered a Class 1 Felony if no prior convictions are on record. However, should there be previous convictions, narcotic possession becomes a Class 4 felony. The same fines apply to Narcotic possession as they do for Dangerous Drugs, but jail times can be as high as 15 years with prior drug convictions.
Marijuana possession under 2 pounds is either a Class 6 or Class 5 felony depending on intent. Should it have been personally produced, the fines and jail time are higher than for those intending to use it recreationally.
Located in the Southwest United States, Arizona was the 48th state to join the union in 1912 and known as one of the Four Corners states. Arizona is bordered by California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and the country of Mexico. It might surprise you to know that Arizona is the 14th most populated state and is 6th largest in terms of square miles. Arizona is home to several different climates. The northern part of the state is home to forests of pine, fir and spruce trees. There are many ski resorts near Tucson, Flagstaff and alpine. The southern half is a desert with very hot summers and many of the states Indian reservations.
The capital of Arizona is Phoenix and some of the larger cities include Tucson, Prescott, and Yuma. Home of Lake Havasu City, located on the Colorado River is a popular tourist and vacation destination. Arizona is home to more than 30 colleges, both private and public.
THE COASTLINE DIFFERENCE
Coastline Behavioral Health helps clients deal with the stronghold of addiction and behavioral health issues to develop healthier life skills to facilitate sobriety. Alcohol and drug addiction changes behavior in ways that are detrimental and we work in all areas of a client’s life including employment, personal relationships, finances, and health. Coastline Behavioral Health is set apart from the others in modality and treatment options, including the components of experiential therapy that have been developed by specialists in the addiction recovery field to meet individual client needs.
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