Terms Used In Arizona Laws 36-198.01

  • Agency: includes one or more of the governmental units consolidated into the department of health services by this chapter. See Arizona Laws 36-101
  • Department: means the department of health services. See Arizona Laws 36-101
  • Director: means the director of the department of health services. See Arizona Laws 36-101
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.

(Rpld. 1/1/23)

 

A. On request of the chairperson of the drug overdose fatality review team or a local team and as necessary to carry out the team’s duties, the chairperson shall be provided, within five days excluding weekends and holidays, with access to information and records regarding a drug overdose fatality that is being reviewed by the team or regarding the person who overdosed on drugs.  The team may request the information and records from any of the following:

1. A provider of medical, dental or mental health care.

2. This state or a political subdivision of this state that might assist the team in reviewing the fatality.

B. A law enforcement agency, with the approval of the prosecuting attorney, may withhold from a review team investigative records that might interfere with a pending criminal investigation or prosecution.

C. The director of the department of health services or the director’s designee may apply to the superior court for a subpoena as necessary to compel the production of books, records, documents and other evidence related to the person who overdosed on drugs.  Subpoenas issued under this subsection shall be served and, on application to the court by the director or the director’s designee, enforced in the manner provided by law for the service and enforcement of subpoenas.  A law enforcement agency is not required to produce the information requested under the subpoena if the subpoenaed evidence relates to a pending criminal investigation or prosecution.  All records shall be returned to the agency or organization on completion of the review.  The review team may not keep written reports or records containing identifying information.

D. All information and records acquired by the drug overdose fatality review team or any local team are confidential and are not subject to subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence in any civil or criminal proceeding, except that information, documents and records that are otherwise available from other sources are not immune from subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence through those sources solely because they were presented to or reviewed by a team pursuant to this article.

E. Members of a team, persons attending a team meeting and persons who present information to a team may not be questioned in any civil or criminal proceeding regarding information presented in or opinions formed as a result of a meeting.  This subsection does not prevent a person from testifying to information that is obtained independently of the team or that is public information.

F. A member of the drug overdose fatality review team or a local team may contact, interview or obtain information by request or subpoena from a family member of a deceased person who overdosed on drugs.

G. Meetings of the drug overdose fatality review team or a local team are closed to the public and are not subject to title 38, chapter 3, article 3.1 if the team is reviewing information on an individual who overdosed on drugs.  All other team meetings are open to the public.

H. A person who violates the confidentiality requirements of this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.