Stay informed about the risks of opioid misuse and abuse and the role each of us can play in combating this issue in Washington State.
One simple step can make a difference.
Opioid abuse is hurting communities all across Washington State. The crisis affects Washingtonians of all ages, but it is taking a particularly heavy toll on our youth.
Whether you realize it or not, the pain reliever medications sitting on your shelf or countertop could be putting your family and friends at risk of opioid misuse.
There is a lot of talk about the opioid crisis in Washington State — and for good reason. Opioids are now one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths in Washington state. More people die from overdose than from car crashes.
More than 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain*, and even more people have suffered from some type of pain related to surgeries or injuries. Pain is an inevitable part of the human experience, but that doesn’t mean dangerously addictive opioids need to be.
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together to give thanks for health and happiness. But as loved ones gather this holiday, consider this time together a valuable opportunity for something else: an honest conversation about opioid misuse and abuse.