Treating opioid addiction with buprenorphine, nalaxone

March 1, 2023

Organizations across the country, including many Washington hospitals, are engaging in program development to increase access to medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder and increase education for professionals who may encounter an individual with substance use disorder. One strategy to increase access to medication-assisted treatment is to prescribe buprenorphine.

Almost 107,000 people died in the United States due to drug poisoning in 2021, with 75% of those deaths involving an opioid. Opioid-related deaths, including those involving fentanyl, have risen rapidly in Washington, with some of the highest increases occurring in our rural communities.

King county is recommending its clients and agencies obtain at least three doses of naloxone (Narcan) to increase the opportunity for intervention and keep people alive due to the opportunity of needing extra doses to reverse fentanyl overdose.  The links below provide access to naloxone to you or your agencies within Washington State.

(Ryan Robertson)



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