In 2020, Washington state deaths from drug poising increased by 30 percent, according to data from the University of Washington Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute. And unfortunately, the addition of illegally made fentanyl found in other substances is contributing to a growing crisis across our state.
Next week, health care professionals across the nation are invited to join in drug prevention and awareness efforts. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other community partners will recognize National Prevention Week May 8–14 and National Fentanyl Awareness Day on May 10, with the aim to involve communities in raising awareness, foster collaboration across organizations, and provide education and resources.
SAMHSA will be providing many virtual events, including Prevention Day 2022 on Monday, May 9, and Communities Talk 2021 Success Stories on Tuesday, May 10. Registration is available online, as well as additional information on National Prevention Week 2022.