Opioids including prescription pain medication, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl—are causing a serious public health and community crisis across the nation. The State's response is further complicated by a concurrent rise in stimulant use and overdose. Each day about three people die of an overdose in Washington; thousands more struggle with addiction.
Opioid misuse and addiction can cause serious medical, social and financial problems. Social determinants of health, such as economic and social conditions, continue to disproportionately affect BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other disenfranchised communities that results in long standing differences in health status, including behavioral health. This plan is committed to addressing issues of systemic racism that causes these inequities.
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What are the goals?
The Health Care Authority (HCA) is joining with partners across the state to implement a State Opioid Response Plan focusing our efforts on four priority goals:
- Prevent opioid misuse
- Identify and treat substance use disorder
- Ensure and improve the health and wellness of individuals that use drugs
- Use data to detect opioid misuse/abuse, monitor illness, injury and death, and evaluate interventions.
- Support individuals in recovery
Note: for 24-hour assistance for substance use disorder or mental health challenges, call the Washington Recovery Helpline.
- Opioid information
- Public education
Washington Opioid Response Workgroup meetings
Regular meetings of the Opioid Response Workgroup will be virtual unless otherwise noted.
National Opioid Abatement Trust Subcommittee meetings
Regular meetings of the National Opioid Abatement Trust Subcommittee will be virtual unless otherwise noted.