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.
In efforts to combat the opioid crisis in our country, the Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring National Prescription Take-Back Day Saturday, April 28.
As part of Washington State’s strategy to combat this crisis, starting Jan. 2, 2018, the Health Care Authority (HCA) will implement an opioid clinical policy for Uniform Medical Plan (UMP).
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.
Nurses have a role to play in reducing opioid deaths in Washington. Here are some things you can do.
Opioids have become a leading cause of unintentional death in Washington. Nurses can play an important role in reducing these deaths.
Many of us have experienced firsthand with opioid use disorder. It is often misunderstood as a social or moral issue, instead of as a chronic illness.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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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.
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…
Parity reimbursement and the Comprehensive Addictions and Recovery Act.
The Center for Opioid Safety Education has just released a new opioid overdose training video specifically for WA State.
The Nursing Commission has published an advisory opinion and FAQ on prescribing, dispensing, distributing and delivering opioid overdose medications.