Washington governor issues executive
order to combat state's opioid crisis

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has issued an executive order that brings together state agencies, local public health organizations, law enforcement, tribal governments, and other partners to act on opioids. The executive order identifies key aspects of the state’s current opioid response plan that can be implemented immediately as part of a strategic statewide effort to prevent opioid use disorder and overdose deaths. 

The executive order was announced at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle with more than 100 county and city leaders, medical professionals and families impacted by the opioid use disorder.

Opioid overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in nearly every part of the state, surpassing motor vehicle deaths and firearm-related deaths. Last year, 718 people died from opioid overdoses in Washington. In the first three months of this year, at least 188 died due to opioid overdose. While prescription opioid drug deaths have declined, heroin overdose deaths are increasing, particularly among young people.

Parents are the best teachers about healthy choices
With the bells of school ringing once more, there are also some "alarm bells" to be aware

of when it comes to marijuana and alcohol use. Parents are the number one influence on their kids.

What you say can make a huge difference. This article on the StartTalkingNow.Org web site reminds us of the risks and provides some practical tips and resource links that may help you start the conversation.

October 22 is National Prescription
Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. law enforcement and other agencies across the state of Washington and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to these sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills.  

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website .

'Fried Egg' anti-drug campaign revisited,
this time message aimed at parents
As a way to mark its 30th anniversary, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has revisited its iconic "This is Your Brain on Drugs" campaign from the 1980s, only this time aimed more directly at parents.

The spot ends with actress Allison Janney, who portrays a mother in recovery on the CBS sitcom "Mom," telling parents "They're going to ask. Be ready." The video urges viewers to get more information at drugfree.org. The spot is drawing some controversy from some in the prevention community who say the original version, used as a 'scare tactic,'  was ineffective as a deterrent to drug use. Others defend the ad, saying its new focus on parents puts a more positive spin on the message. Judge for yourself:

Fried Egg 2016



Mentioned in the Media

Tiny Victims: Heroin a heartbreaking birthright in Washington

A KING-5 report profiles a mother who almost lost her newborn to a heroin addiction. The story profiles impacts of opioid addictions on newborns and provides options for getting treatment and help. View the story and videos. 

Webinar: Innovative Approaches for Addressing Opioid Overdose & Opioid Use Disorders in Hospital ERs


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