Opioid overdose drug available in pharmacies

Naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose, will be available at pharmacies throughout Washington after Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health officer, signed a statewide standing order on Aug. 28.

Opioids patient fact sheet available in 22 languages

The Washington Health Alliance and Bree Collaborative teamed up to produce two info sheets on Opioids, one for providers, the other directed at patients. Public Health – Seattle & King County translated the patient sheet into 21 additional languages.

Health Care Authority limits quantity of opioids

​In the spirit of preventing misuse and addiction to opioids and taking control of the opioid crisis, Washington state's Medicaid health plan, Apple Health, has set limits in the quantity of opioids that may be prescribed.

Preventing Opioid Abuse: The Role of the Nurse

Opioids have become a leading cause of unintentional injury death in Washington, even more than motor vehicle accidents or firearm fatalities, according to 2016 state data. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that overdose deaths related to prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. Nurses…

Opioids workshops announced

The State of Washington has recently addressed the ongoing problem with prescription opioids through two recent actions: the signing of Executive Order 16-09 and the passing of Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1427 and its subsequent signing into law. Included in these actions are a series of seven workshops held around the…

Opioid OD mortality could reach 250 a day if trends continue, analysis finds

Close to 100 Americans are killed by opioids each day, a figure that could rise to 250 - or more than 650,000 over the next decade - if potent synthetic compounds such as fentanyl and carfentanil continue to proliferate while waiting time for treatment lengthens in the hardest-hit areas. Experts predict mortality will not stabilize…

Resources for helping patients with challenging chronic pain problems

Washington is experiencing an opioid crisis. To help address this crisis, UW Medicine and the Washington State Health Care Authority have partnered to offer two services to assist community-practice providers with managing patients with challenging chronic pain problems.

Nursing Commission Update: Buprenorphine Waiver for ARNPs

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) (Public Law 114-198) extending the privilege of prescribing buprenorphine in office-based settings to qualifying nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) until Oct. 1, 2021. CARA requires that NPs complete 24 hours of training to be eligible for a prescribing…