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Taking Action to End the Opioid Crisis

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The Crisis

Washington State is taking action to end our opioid crisis. Every day, an average of two Washington residents die from an opioid-related overdose. These deaths are one of the tragic aspects of this complex public health problem. In addition to overdose deaths, there are thousands of non-fatal overdoses, tens of thousands of people struggling with opioid use disorder, and hundreds of thousands of people misusing prescription opioids.

Reducing Stigma

People with opioid use disorder are not nameless strangers. They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, relatives, colleagues and friends. Anyone can develop dependence on opioids.  

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

    Washington State Opioid Response

    Many communities have formed groups to develop local solutions to their specific needs and resources.

    Governor Jay Inslee’s executive order brings together state agencies, local organizations, law enforcement, tribal governments, and other public health partners to implement a State Opioid Response Plan.

    The plan includes:

    • Preventing substance use disorder.
    • Expanding access to effective treatment and recovery support.
    • Saving people’s lives by reversing overdoses.
    • Shaping policy and program development using data & evidence.
     

    Performance Dashboard

    Opioid Response Plan Priorities
    Pill Bottles

    In 2017, 739 people, or more than two a day, died from opioid overdose in Washington. These deaths are not localized to one or two areas.... 

    Many people are prescribed opioids to treat pain. Unfortunately, some of them develop opioid use disorder as a result.... 

    Opioid use disorder is a treatable medical condition. For most people treatment medications can help provide stability, aid recovery....

    Critical Populations

    Opioid use while pregnant can increase the risk of premature delivery, drug withdrawal of newborns (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome)....

    Washington Department of Corrections houses over 5,500 individuals challenged with substance use disorder....