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Maricopa County Practices Mass-Dispensing

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In order to test its plan for dispensing medication to the nearly 4 million residents of Maricopa County in a large scale incident such as an anthrax attack, Maricopa County Department of Public Health’s Office of Preparedness and Response is partnering with Sun City Grand and the City of Surprise for its second drive-thru point of dispensing exercise.

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The exercise’s main objective is to test community volunteers on the speed and accuracy of dispensing medication in a public health emergency. In order to remain environmentally conscious, the county has worked with Sun City Grand to use golf carts to simulate residents driving through the site and receiving simulated medications.

“Exercising with community partners and volunteers when the stress level is minimal makes all the difference,” said Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Public Health. “This way, if we ever had to dispense medication an actual event, volunteers will be feeling a little more comfortable with the task at hand.”

In a bio-terrorist event, Maricopa County Public Health is responsible for operationalizing a plan to dispense medication to its nearly 4 million residents within 48 hours. Volunteers are necessary in ensuring the success of this plan.