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Watch a training video

It only takes a few minutes to learn how to save a life. Watch these short videos to learn: what causes an opioid overdose how to recognize an opioid overdose what to do in case of overdose how to give naloxone WA State Overdose Prevention and Response Training The only video specific to WA State, this training covers […]

Find naloxone near you

Find the closest naloxone pharmacy or program to you using our map or listing by county. In this section: Naloxone in WA State Naloxone outside of WA State There are several ways to get naloxone in Washington State: Any prescriber can write a prescription for naloxone and any pharmacy can fill that prescription. For more […]

Start a naloxone program

In WA, any organization can obtain naloxone for staff or to distribute to others who may have or witness an overdose. In this section: How to start a naloxone program Resources for developing programs How to start a naloxone program Overdose prevention and naloxone distribution can be easily integrated into programs that work with people at risk […]

Preventing prescription opioid abuse

Proper use, storage and disposal of prescription pain medication are key to preventing misuse and potential overdose from opioids. In this section: Using opioids safely Prescribing in WA Storage Disposal Prescription stewardship in WA State Youth Prevention Using prescription opioids safely While prescription opioids can effectively and safely reduce pain, they can also have serious […]

Good Samaritan Law

Overdose victims and responders have legal protections in Washington State. In this section: Laws in WA State FAQs WA State Good Samaritan materials Evaluation of the law Good Samaritan laws in other states Laws in WA State In WA State, anyone trying to help in a medical emergency is generally protected from civil liabilities by RCW 4.24.300. […]

About us

The Center for Opioid Safety Education (COSE) at the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute offers education and technical assistance for individuals, professionals, and communities in Washington State who want to learn how to prevent and intervene in opioid addiction and overdose. COSE staff can provide: Community and professional education, including online, in-person, […]

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement are front-line overdose responders. In this section: Law enforcement naloxone programs Implementing a program Other law enforcement approaches Law enforcement naloxone in WA State In an effort to reduce overdose deaths, many law enforcement agencies are training their officers how to recognize an opioid overdose and to administer naloxone, the medication to reverse an opioid overdose. […]

Health care providers

Guidelines for clinicians on pain management, prescribing naloxone and treating opioid addiction. In this section: Opioid prescribing/pain management guidelines Naloxone co-prescribing Naloxone in emergency departments Opioid use disorder in patients Opioid prescribing/pain management guidelines   The Agency Medical Directors’ Group develops guidelines for medical providers caring for patients of state agency programs in WA State. The AMDG 2015 Interagency Guideline on […]

Pharmacists

Essentials for pharmacists on dispensing and prescribing naloxone in WA State. In this section: Pharmacists’ role Providing naloxone Collaborative drug therapy agreements Resources Your role as a pharmacist  Pharmacists play an essential role in preventing the misuse of opioids and opioid overdose in their communities. Specifically, pharmacists can: Screen and identify patients at risk for […]

Crisis and treatment resources

Find resources here for drug treatment, harm reduction services, crisis help, and family support. In this section: Crisis intervention Drug treatment Harm reduction/health Crisis intervention If you are in an emergency now, CALL 911. Washington Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222 24-hour expert treatment advice on exposures to poisonous, hazardous, or toxic substances. 24-hour Crisis Line: 1-866-4-CRISIS  (1-866-427-4747) […]