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News Release

Overdose deaths in Washington top 2,000 in 2021 and continue to rise.

Visit the DOH newsroom for more opioid and drug overdose articles.

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.

Washington State Opioid and Overdose Response Plan

For workgroup meetings, more information or questions regarding the plan email stateopioidworkgroup@hca.wa.gov or visit State Opioid and Overdose Response (SOOR) plan. (Health Care Authority)

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Learn About Treatment

To locate treatment options or to just learn more: 1.866.789.1511. The Washington Recovery Helpline.

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What does an overdose look like and how can I help?

Warning signs of an overdose:

  • Can’t wake up
  • Slow or no breathing, or heavy gurgling snore
  • Blue or gray lips or skin

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.

What is the Data telling us?

Washington:

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).

Washington State Drug Overdose Monthly Updates Report

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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 2017-2018 (PDF)

SUDORS Infographic 2019 (PDF)

SUDORS Infographic 2020 (PDF)

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.

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. More information is available on the PMP data webpage.

National:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national opioid overdose data: Includes national data on nonfatal drug overdoses, drug overdose deaths, prescription opioids, heroin, synthetic opioids, and other drugs.

 

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Where else can I find more information/resources?

Check your local county health department website to find localized information about your community.

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