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Director: Jennifer Johnson



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Skagit County's Opioid Crisis

A wide range of partners in Skagit County, including medical and treatment providers, social services, law enforcement, schools, families, public health, and others have been working to reduce opioid misuse and overdose in Skagit County since 2016.

Opioid Overdose and Naloxone

Opioid overdose is life-threatening and requires immediate emergency attention. Recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose is essential to saving lives. To learn more about overdose, signs/symptoms and how to help, visit skagitrising.org. Naloxone (Narcan) is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent and reverse overdose by opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, and fentanyl. In WA State, anyone can carry and administer naloxone. To obtain naloxone at no cost, please contact Skagit County Public Health at 360-416-1500.

clean upSkagitRising – Skagit County’s Opioid and Substance Use Resource Website

It can be difficult to find local information and tools regarding the opioid crisis in Skagit County, let alone all in one place. Thus, SkagitRising (www.skagitrising.org) was created to connect you to the information you are seeking. Whether you currently use substances, know someone who does, or just want to learn more, SkagitRising is the “place” for you.

Increase Knowledge
• Learn about opioids and substance use disorders.
• Learn how to prevent/reduce infections, overdose, and death.
• Learn about treatment and pathways to recovery.

Seek Help
• Review the list of local resources including crisis support, treatment and recovery programs, housing, legal services, and more.

Support Others
• Find information on how to get involved and help reduce the impact of substance use in Skagit County.

SkagitRising was created in collaboration between Skagit County Public Health, the Population Health Trust and the Opioid Workgroup Leadership Team.


Secure Medicine Return

The accumulation of leftover medicines in our homes can unintentionally contribute to substance misuse, accidental poisonings, and environmental pollution. Dispose of leftover medications at no charge in one of two ways:

1. Physical Drop-Box or Kiosk – find a drop-box/kiosk near you: https://med-project.org/locations/washington/convenient-locations/
2. Mail-Back – order mail-back supplies or find a location to pick up mail-back supplies: https://med-project.org/locations/washington/mail-back/

Opioid Notifiable Condition Ordinance and Surveillance/Outreach Program

Ordinance 12.25 was passed in 2019 and requires that all health care providers notify Skagit County Public Health of an opioid overdose within 72 hours of diagnosis. Public Health collects and evaluates data which helps inform targeted strategies and interventions. Public Health attempts to contact every Skagit County resident who has experienced and overdose to check-in, learn more about the overdose event, and offer information/referral(s) to support services. Information/support services may include:

  • Providing naloxone (Narcan)
  • Education on the syringe exchange, fentanyl test strips, insurance, treatment and more
  • Connecting to care coordination and/or other treatment and recovery services

We ensure confidentiality and all data that is shared, is deidentified. Opioid Overdose Reporting Form

2019-2020 Overdose Data Snapshot

Skagit County Syringe Exchange Program

The Skagit County Syringe Exchange Program offers 1:1 needle exchange, sharps containers, free Narcan kits and training, fentanyl test strips, education, referral to treatment and more. This mobile program helps reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C and reduces the number of contaminated needles in the public waste system. Call 360-415-1500 for information, or see the service schedule below.

Skagit County Mobile Syringe Exchange Schedule

Mount Vernon

Tuesday: 9am-12pm
·  Coastal Farm & Ranch, 2021 Market Street
Thursday: 2-4pm
·  Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Street

Sedro-Woolley

Tuesday: 1-4pm
·  United General Hospital, 2000 Hospital Drive
Thursday: 9-11am
·  Senior Center, 715 Pacific Avenue

Burlington

Thursday: 12-1:30pm
·  Tierra Nueva, 701 E Fairhaven Avenue

Concrete

1st and 3rd Monday: 1-3pm
·  Senior Center, 45821 Railroad Avenue

Anacortes

3rd Monday: 10am-11:30am
·  Salvation Army, 3001 R Avenue

Marblemount

1st Monday
·  Call Randall for time and site – 360-826-2661

Needle Cleanup Kits

Skagit County Public Health, currently has available needle pickup kits at the downtown office, 700 S. Second Street, Mount Vernon. Kits include safety glasses, gloves, a needle pickup tool, and 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.

Needle Cleanup Kits: FAQ’s