At epidemic levels in Washington State and across the country, opioid use disorder is a public health issue impacting state and local government, communities, health systems and, most importantly, individuals and families.
In response to 694 deaths due to opioid overdose in Washington in 2016, Governor Inslee issued Executive Order 16-09, directing state agencies to implement an opioid response plan to:
- Prevent opioid misuse and addiction
- Identify and treat opioid use disorder
- Prevent deaths from overdose
- Use data to detect opioid misuse/abuse, monitor illness, injury and death, and evaluate interventions