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Public Health is addressing the opioid epidemic as we would any other health issue—working with partners to prevent overdoses, increasing access to treatment, and providing harm reduction services to reduce the health impacts for people with substance use disorder.


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Public Health is closely monitoring an increase in overdose deaths linked to fentanyl in pills and powders. See fentanyl educational materials for schools and community below:

  • Overdose prevention resourcesFor resources on stopping overdose go to http://stopoverdose.org

  • Heat safety and harm reduction guidance
    Heat can be deadly, especially when combined with drug use. Stimulants like meth, cocaine, and ecstasy increase body temperature and the risk of dangerous overheating and dehydration. 

  • King County Secure Medicine Return
    King County residents can safely dispose of the medicines they no longer need by taking them to a drop-box located throughout King County.

  • Opioid Medication & Pain: What You Need to Know (PDF)
    Opioids can be the right choice for treating severe pain, such as from cancer or immediately after major surgery. However, medications such as Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin are very powerful and can be deadly.
  • Medication-assisted treatment for opioid disordersAre you looking for help or treatment services? Call the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1-866-789-1511 (open 24 hours/day)

  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Fact Sheet
    Medications are proven to work the best at treating opioid use disorder. They can manage craving and withdrawal, decrease the risk of having an overdose and can provide stability, allowing you to address other things in your life.

  • Find medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder
    A resource locator to find local clinics and programs that use evidence-based treatments to treat opioid use disorder.

  • Find withdrawal management (detox) services
    Detox is a medically supervised service, not formal treatment, with the goal of safely ensuring that people are stable coming off of alcohol or drug(s). Once medical stability is established, the transition to appropriate ongoing care can begin. Detox length of stay is based on medical necessity, but usually lasts tree to five days.

  • Learn About Treatment
    This page is a resource for the community, people with a substance use disorder and their friends and family, and healthcare providers to learn more about treatment. The goal of the page is to provide education so more people can find the treatment that will work best for them.
  • King County Needle Exchange
    Needle exchange programs provide new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment in exchange for used, contaminated syringes. They also get drug users into drug treatment and health care.
  • Narcan nasal sprayFind naloxone in Washington state
    There are several ways to get naloxone in Washington state through prescriptions, directly through pharmacies and syringe exchange and community programs.

  • Emergency Dept. Naloxone Distribution
    The first steps to setting up a community overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) program is to understand the local policies and regulations about standing orders, third party prescribing, collaborative practice agreements, Good Samaritan laws, and provider medication distribution.

  • Naloxone prescribing practice guidelines
    Information for clinicians and pharmacists to identify who should get naloxone, how to recognize and respond to an overdose and other recommendations.

  • Distributing opioid overdose reversal medications (2SSB 5195)
    2SSB 5195 helps to increase access to naloxone for all individuals at risk of an opioid overdose. The law requires hospital emergency departments (EDs) and many certified and licensed behavioral health settings to distribute prepackaged naloxone to individuals at risk of an opioid overdose.

  • The Good Samaritan Law
    Center for Opioid Safety Education – overview of the legal protections in Washington State for overdose victims and responders.
  • Non-fatal overdose dashboard
    This dashboard presents information about probable opioid overdoses treated by King County Emergency Medical Services agencies and Emergency Departments.

  • Fentanyl Toolkit for Service Providers

  • Opioid prescribing rules
    The Washington State Legislature passed a law in 2017 that focuses on improving opioid prescribing. and on monitoring. The law requires five healthcare professional boards and commissions to adopt new rules for prescribing opioid drugs.
  • Patient Pain Management Resources
    The Guideline is not intended to deny any patients who suffer with chronic pain from opioid therapy as an option for pain management. Rather, the Guideline is intended to ensure that clinicians and patients consider all safe and effective treatment options for patients.

  • SAMSHA
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
  • Washington Recovery Help Line
    Find treatment services nearest you and speak with professionals about getting help with substance use, problem gambling, and/or mental health challenge.

  • Get the facts, Washington Health Care Authority
    Find out why opioids are so addictive, and where you can go for help.

  • The Good Samaritan Law, Center for Opioid Safety Education – overview of the legal protections in Washington State for overdose victims and responders.

  • stopoverdose.org, Center for Community Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology, & Research
    The Center for Community Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology, & Research at the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute offers education and technical assistance for individuals, professionals, and communities in Washington State who want to learn how to prevent and intervene in opioid addiction and overdose.

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, King County Dept. of Community and Human Services
    Ensuring that people with mental health and substance use disorders receive the inpatient, outpatient and other services they need.

  • Washington State Department of Health: Opioids
    Implementing the State Opioid Response Plan and provides resources for providers and researchers

  • Washington State Poison Center
    Provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance on the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous, or toxic substances.

  • Hepatitis C facts, Public Health — Seattle & King County
    Includes a description about Hepatitis C with resources for the general public and health care providers.

FENTANYL INFORMATION

Free printed copies of posters, postcards and stickers in English an Spanish.

  • Access an online ordering form
    Printed materials can only be mailed to street addresses in King County, WA. If you are not in King County, you can download and print the materials below.

Three Naloxone stickers

3 Naloxone stickers
(PDF samples only: Use the order form above to order professionally-printed stickers)

FENTANYL WARNING FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS