Monday, March 7, 2016

SNOHOMISH COUNTY- County Honored for Opiate “Outstanding Prevention Effort”

Friday, Snohomish County announced that it has been honored by the White House Office of Drug Control Policy for the Snohomish County Opiate Project. The project trains individuals in the use of Narcan an antidote used in Heroin and opiate overdoses. 5 trainers (3 from law enforcement and 2 from county staff) have trained 445 individuals and have distributed 435 Narcan kits.

The county says that that at least twenty-five people have been saved from dying from a heroin or opiate overdose in the county since May 2015 when the training began. The county experienced 86 overdoses in 2013, the latest year that we have statistics.

By saving lives in an overdose, Narcan can give individuals another chance to seek treatment.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office:

Sky Valley Chronicle:

For more information about the Office of National Drug Control Policy go to:

Snohomish County is part of the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NWHIDTA). For information on the NWHIDTA go to:

Doctor Shopping. A state legislator has filed legislation to require all doctors in the state to check the statewide Prescription Monitoring Program database before prescribing opioids and other highly addictive drugs. The database allows doctors to check to see if a patient already has a prescription for an opioid. Often people addicted to opioids will see one doctor after another in hopes of receiving additional prescriptions to keep up their habit. For details on this issue, see the following article:

The Herald:

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