Washington State hospitals display commitment in opioid harm reduction, prevention strategies

February 2, 2023

Opioid misuse continues to be a serious national public health issue with nearly 71,000 drug-overdose deaths in 2019 involving an opioid. As health care providers, you influence the choices your patients make. By encouraging them to take one simple step – like locking up medications in the home or disposing of unused pills at a secure medication disposal kiosk – you are helping them make choices that protect the health of their loved ones and prevent opioid misuse in our communities. WSHA would like to recognize your commitment to reducing potential harm and/or opioid misuse in communities across our state.

Additionally, WSHA CMOs have been instrumental in the development of opioid prevention and opioid safety resources under partnership with WSHA and the HCA “Starts with One” campaign. The “Starts with One” campaign is designed to inform and educate young adults, their parents and older adults about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of safe storage, use and disposal.

Phase two of the HCA’s “Starts with One” campaign materials and provider toolkit support conversations and best practices engaging patients in safest opioid prescribing practices. Join WSHA and HCA on Feb. 8 for an informational webinar to learn more about these resources in advance of them arriving at your facility. Register here: WSHA + HCA opioid stewardship collaborative: starts with one campaign-phase two coming soon to your hospital.

The target audience for this webinar is CMOs, Quality, Patient Safety, Prescribing Clinicians, Marketing Leads

Thank you for your engagement and effort in your community to reduce opioid misuse. (Tina Seery)


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