Washington State Opioid Response Plan
I want to know more about treatment options
To locate treatment options or to just learn more: 1.866.789.1511. The Washington Recovery Helpline.
What does an overdose look like and how can I help?
Warning signs of an overdose:
- Extremely slow breathing or heavy snoring
- Confusion or difficulty being awakened
- Blue lips or skin
- Very small pupils
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you witness these signs in someone taking prescription pain medicine or any other illicit drugs. You are protected under the Good Samaritan Law!
An overdose can occur even if someone did not knowingly use opioids, and/or were using stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine.
Administer naloxone to reverse the overdose. Naloxone or brand name Narcan® temporarily stops the effect of opioids, allowing someone to wake up from an opioid overdose and start breathing again. In Washington State, anyone who might have or witness an opioid overdose can legally possess and administer naloxone.
- Find more information on Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution.
- Find out where to get naloxone near you at Stopoverdose.org.
What is the Data telling us?
Washington State Drug Overdose Monthly Updates Report
- The Monthly Updates Report shows the latest Washington state overdose death data and overdose hospitalizations.
- Overdose death data comes from the Center for Health Statistics and are based on death certificates. Overdose hospitalizations are based on data from the Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS).
Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Dashboard
- The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) collects dispensing records for controlled PMP collects dispensing records for controlled substances prescriptions (i.e. schedule II-V drugs) in Washington State.
State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS)
- The State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for states to collect detailed overdose death information from death certificates, medical examiner and coroner reports, and toxicology results. The data is used to better understand circumstances surrounding the incident and the type of drugs involved.
- Washington State Department of Health (DOH) currently partners with 13 county medical examiners and coroners to collect unintentional and undetermined drug overdose death data.
SUDORS Infographic 2019 (COMING SOON)
SUDORS Infographic 2020 (COMING SOON)
A national SUDORS dashboard is now available on the CDC website. This dashboard includes data from 28 states and the District of Columbia that met the following criteria: reported all overdose deaths in their jurisdiction in 2020 and had medical examiner/coroner reports for at least 75% of deaths.
An accompanying data brief that summarizes the data and presents key takeaways is also available.
Opioid Overdose Data Brief
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has published an updated opioid overdose data brief (PDF) with the most current available data trends and statistics. The brief also highlights the opioid and drug prevention efforts underway across Washington State through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Overdose Data to Action Cooperative Agreement, managed by DOH.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national opioid overdose data: Learn more and see a breakdown of data by prescription opioid overdoses, prescribing rates, drug overdose deaths, and more.
Where else can I find more information/resources?
Check with your local county health department to find localized information about your community.
- Recursos para la prevención de sobredosis de opioides
- Stopoverdose.org has more up to date resources for overdose, naloxone, materials and toolkits, crisis support, and information for professionals such as first responders, treatment providers, and health care providers, etc.
- Public Health - Seattle & King County have various adaptable and printable materials as well as other resources for anyone to use.
- It Starts With One Find conversation starters, information about safe storage and disposal, and more.