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Opioid Overdose Update
July 2015

Center for Opioid Safety Education
New naloxone law goes into effect TODAY!
July 24, 2015

HB1671 is now active law in WA State. This law seeks to scale-up access to naloxone by making naloxone distribution to laypersons more efficient. The law specifically permits naloxone to be:
  • prescribed directly to an "entity" such as a police department, homeless shelter or social service agency.
  • distributed by non-medical providers (e.g., health educator, counselor, syringe exchange volunteer) under a prescriber's standing order.  
For more details on the new law and what it might mean for your organization or overdose prevention program, read our naloxone update on
New naloxone guidance from WASPC

The WA Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs recently released guidance for law enforcement on the new naloxone law. Includes recommendations and tools to equip officers with naloxone.  
Research brief on medication-assisted treatment
What does the research say about the effectiveness of methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone in treating opioid dependence? See the latest Info Brief from ADAI.

"Persons who use drugs perform 83% of reported reversals." 

Highlights from the latest CDC report on overdose prevention programs providing naloxone to laypersons. 

New policy tool for naloxone advocacy
Public Health Law Research releases its comprehensive policy brief on the scientific, legal, and policy evidence for naloxone and its implications for community naloxone distribution.
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