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Public health crises collide: Substance abuse linked to COVID-19 susceptibility (9/26/2020 ABC News)

By Abby Jernberg | September 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Public health crises collide: Substance abuse linked to COVID-19 susceptibility (9/26/2020 ABC News)

People with substance use disorders may be more likely to become infected and die of COVID-19, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Molecular Psychiatry. Specifically, the study found that people with opioid use disorder and tobacco addiction were more likely to die of COVID-19. (More…)

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Overdose deaths spiked during pandemic shutdown, data shows (8/26/2020 Herald)

By Abby Jernberg | August 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Overdose deaths spiked during pandemic shutdown, data shows (8/26/2020 Herald)

New data shows the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened another public health crisis — drug addiction. In Snohomish County, more people died from drug overdoses between March and July than in all of 2019, according to data from the Snohomish Health District. The anxiety and isolation, as well as limited clinical assistance, brought on by the pandemic have…

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Opioid Outreach Work Continues in Snohomish County Despite COVID-19 – Partners Announce New Opioid Data Portals, Federal Grant Award (8/25/2020 Snohomish Health District)

By Abby Jernberg | August 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Opioid Outreach Work Continues in Snohomish County Despite COVID-19 – Partners Announce New Opioid Data Portals, Federal Grant Award (8/25/2020 Snohomish Health District)

Even with an all-hands response to the COVID pandemic, Snohomish County, the Snohomish Health District, and other partners continue to move forward with work focused on opioid use prevention, treatment and recovery. (More…)

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Washington expands prescription data sharing to better inform prescribers, opioid crisis response (WA Dept of Health, 5/30/2019)

By Abby Jernberg | May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Washington expands prescription data sharing to better inform prescribers, opioid crisis response (WA Dept of Health, 5/30/2019)

Under a new data sharing agreement, the Washington State Department of Health is now sharing Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data with nearly all states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense. (More…)

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Snohomish Health District: Up to 80,000 misusing opioids (01/10/2019 Herald)

By Abby Jernberg | January 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Snohomish Health District: Up to 80,000 misusing opioids (01/10/2019 Herald)

Somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of Snohomish County residents either are addicted to opioids or are misusing them, a Snohomish Health District report estimates. The study released Wednesday tried to quantify just how widespread the drug problem is. It’s one of the first such attempts to do so in the nation. It found between…

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New report estimates 5,000-10,000 people have opioid use disorder in Snohomish County (01/09/2019 KIRO7)

By Abby Jernberg | January 9, 2019 | Comments Off on New report estimates 5,000-10,000 people have opioid use disorder in Snohomish County (01/09/2019 KIRO7)

The Snohomish Health District report released Wednesday estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 individuals in Snohomish County have an opioid use disorder. An additional 35,000 to 80,000 are estimated to be misusing opioids.  More…

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Opioid Use Disorder & Opioid Misuse in Snohomish County: Burden of Disease Report (December 2018, Snohomish Health District)

By Abby Jernberg | December 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Opioid Use Disorder & Opioid Misuse in Snohomish County: Burden of Disease Report (December 2018, Snohomish Health District)

A new study also estimates as many as 10,000 county residents are addicted to opioids. More…

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New resource center to close gap in Snohomish County’s fight against opioid crisis (12/21/2018 KIRO Radio)

By Abby Jernberg | December 21, 2018 | Comments Off on New resource center to close gap in Snohomish County’s fight against opioid crisis (12/21/2018 KIRO Radio)

From declaring an emergency, to starting addiction treatment at the jail, to dedicated outreach teams of social workers and sheriff’s deputies, Snohomish County has been tackling the opioid and homeless crisis head on. Another key piece of that response will open its doors next month. The county’s dedicated teams of social workers and sheriff’s deputies…

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One Washington County Is Treating The Opioid Crisis As A Natural Disaster (11/02/2018 The Fix)

By Abby Jernberg | November 11, 2018 | Comments Off on One Washington County Is Treating The Opioid Crisis As A Natural Disaster (11/02/2018 The Fix)

What if the government used the natural disaster coordinated system to mitigate the opioid epidemic? In Snohomish County in Western Washington, officials are taking a unique approach to the opioid crisis by declaring it a life-threatening emergency, as if it were a natural disaster. More…

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‘Finding Fixes’ to Washington state’s opioid crisis with bus passes and other solutions (10/11/2018 KUOW)

By Abby Jernberg | October 11, 2018 | Comments Off on ‘Finding Fixes’ to Washington state’s opioid crisis with bus passes and other solutions (10/11/2018 KUOW)

It’s called Finding Fixes, a new podcast from InvestigateWest, and it explores solutions for people and communities struggling with opioid addiction. More…

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