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Nationally and in Washington State, opioid use disorder has reached epidemic levels. The issue is impacting state and local government, communities, health systems and, most importantly, individuals and families.

In response to this public health crisis Governor Inslee issued Executive Order 16-09 in October of 2016, directing state agencies to work with local public health, tribal governments and other partners to implement an opioid response plan.

View the Washington State Opioid Response Plan for more information from the Washington State Department of Health. 

Current Health Status

  • Opioid overdose deaths are the leading cause of accidental death in many parts of our state. In 2016 there were 694 deaths due to opioid overdose in Washington.*
  • According to the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey, 3-4% of Washington youth reported using heroin at least once in their lifetime, and 4-5% used pain medication recreationally in any given month.*
  • Major Washington cities show the highest numbers of overdose deaths, but rates per total population are higher in some rural counties.*

Opioids Resources

Current Work and Initiatives

Emerging Issues

Health Equity Concerns

Key Data and Sources

Recommended Strategies

Contact Us

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* Sources:

DOH 346-083 May 2017

Washington State Department of Health, 2016 Healthy Youth Survey Data Brief

Washington State Department of Health, Opioid-related Deaths in Washington State, 2006–2016, DOH 346-083 May 2017