Treatment and Recovery

Adult Medicaid Patients Who Need and are Receiving Treatment Medications for Opioid Use

Source: State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Research and Data Analysis, Substance Use Disorder Treatment Penetration (Opioid)
Medications include: Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.
Note: In October of 2015, the diagnosis coding system changed. Some people that were not identified as having opioid use disorder before will now be identified as such.

Opioid use disorder is a treatable medical condition. For most people treatment medications can help provide stability, aid recovery, and reduce the risk of a fatal overdose by 50 percent. The best approach to treating opioid use disorder is an individualized care plan that often involves treatment medications in conjunction with counseling and recovery supports. 

What are we doing?

To increase access to these life-saving medications and supports, Washington is working to build an integrated physical and behavioral healthcare system. The state is working to:

  • Create 17 new Opioid Treatment Networks in 2019. These networks will give individuals greater opportunities to access treatment medications at non-traditional places such as emergency departments, jails, syringe exchanges and shelters.
  • Partner with jails and prison facilities to start and/or continue treatment.
  • Educate providers so they can prescribe treatment medications.
  • Educate maternal care providers to identify and treat pregnant and parenting people with substance use disorder.
  • Educate providers and communities to reduce stigma around opioid use disorder and build compassion.
  • Implement an enhanced Medicaid rate for medical practitioners who prescribe treatment medications.
  • Partner with recovery communities to increase social connectedness, peer support, accountability, acceptance, and referral sources.

How are we doing?

More people are enrolling in treatment but there is a long way to go.


People who need treatment, or have a loved one that needs treatment, can call the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1-866-789-1511.

There are many different places to view opioid-related data.  For a deeper dive into data, additional resources within Washington state are: