Director: Jennifer Johnson
Opioid Overdose a Notifiable Condition
Overview of Ordinance
The ordinance requires that health care providers notify Skagit County Public Health of an opioid overdose within 72 hours of diagnosis. Public Health will collect and evaluate the data which will help develop strategies and target interventions to areas of greatest need.
Other activities will include communicating with prescribing physicians and continued data monitoring and reporting.
Skagit County Public Health has available needle pickup kits at its downtown offices, 700 S. Second Street, Mount Vernon. Kits include safety glasses, gloves, a needle pickup tool and a sharps container. Interested individuals can come by and pick up a kit free of charge. When the sharps container is full, they can return the kit to Public Health for disposal.
The RISE Program, a service of Phoenix Recovery Services that is funded by Skagit County, is a mobile needle exchange program that offers 1:1 needle exchange, education and referral, and no-cost Narcan kits in multiple locations throughout Skagit County.
Needle exchange programs are critical in preventing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C while engaging people in health intervention and referral to treatment services. The RISE program also helps reduce the amount of contaminated needles in the public waste system.
Opioid Overdose and Naloxone
Opioid overdose is life-threatening and requires immediate emergency attention. Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose is essential to saving lives. Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent overdose by opioids such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. It blocks opioid receptor sites, reversing the toxic effects of the overdose. Naloxone is administered when a patient is showing signs of opioid overdose.
Treatment Resources [pdf]
|Presentations from the "Solution to Addiction" seminar|
| Solution to Addiction Program
Keynote: John Fitzgerald, Solution to Addiction Presentation
John Fitzgerald Substance Use Resource
Denna Vandersloot, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care Presentation