Gov. Jan Brewer addresses the Arizona Legislature for the annual State of the State speech. Behind her is House Speaker Andy Tobin. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]

[Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]

Gov. Jan Brewer recently celebrated the news that Arizona’s Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative has been awarded the 2013 Western Region Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award.

Each year, the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) recognizes five states whose criminal justice programs most effectively address crime-related issues within their communities.

At its annual National Forum on Criminal Justice this month, the NCJA honored Arizona’s prescription drug initiative as the best in the Western region in terms of innovation and delivery of concrete results.

The Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative reflects a multi-systemic, multi-agency effort to reduce prescription drug misuse and its associated consequences. The program currently is being implemented in three pilot counties, Yavapai, Pinal and Graham/Greenlee.

For more information on Arizona’s Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative, contact George Diaz, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, at (602) 364-1156 or

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