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SNOHOMISH COUNTY NEWS - SNOHOMISH TIMES
In 2013 there were 86 opioid drug overdoses in Snohomish County, and 580 within Washington State. The availability of naloxone (sold under the brand name Narcan) could potentially cut down on deaths due to heroin and prescription opioid drugs (morphine, oxycodone/OxyContin, methadone, hydrocodone/Vicodin, and codeine). The Washington State 911 Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Law lets bystanders give naloxone if they suspect an overdose. This law protects the victim and those helping from prosecution for drug possession. Washington State law states that anyone at risk for having or witnessing a drug overdose can obtain an overdose reversal kit (containing naloxone). This would include drug users, family, and friends. Naloxone cannot be used to get high and is not addictive.
Naloxone is available as an easy to use nasal spray that is given to someone who is exhibiting the symptoms of a drug overdose:
Naloxone kits are now available at a number of pharmacies in Snohomish County. These kits are available just by asking the pharmacists, there is no need to see a doctor to obtain a prescription. The cost of the kits is around $125. Pharmacists will provide education to those being given a Naloxone kit on how to use it and when to use it. Below is a list of the pharmacies that currently carry the kits:
According to Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Snohomish County’s Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District, “Even a single death due to opioid overdose is unacceptable.” Although helping drug users to quit is the best approach, Dr. Goldbaum notes that “Naloxone can be life-saving.” He urges anyone who has a friend or family member who uses drugs to consider keeping Naloxone easily accessible.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Advocates for neglected, abused, abandoned children
Volunteers wanted in Snohomish County to be advocates for neglected, abused, abandoned children
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Ten Surplus Vans
Ten Surplus Vans Awarded to Local Non-Profits through Van GO Program
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Community asked for feedback
Community asked for feedback on housing, community development projects
Monday, November 03, 2014
37–year-old case management system
Snohomish County Superior Court and County Clerk to replace 37–year-old case management system
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Health District Honors Healthy Programs
The Arlington City Council will be honored with a Healthy Communities Award from Snohomish Health District on the evening of November 3rd at the City Council meeting.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
PUD Low-Income & Senior Energy Assistance
In the coming year, Snohomish County Public Utility District expects its energy assistance programs to help more than 17,000 senior citizens and low-income customers struggling with their electric bills.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Taking Steps to Beat Breast Cancer
A group of local friends have organized a 5K walk/run to fundraise for the American Cancer Society for cancer research
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Type and click, online crime reporting
That’s how easy it is to submit an online crime report thanks to a new tool being used by two of Snohomish County’s largest law enforcement agencies.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
The good news is that every year during the fall and winter storm season, people around the region pitch in to help keep street drains clear of debris and protect their neighborhoods from flooding.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
911 Down in Darrington Oso
Fiber optic cables in the area of the SR 530 Slide have been damaged and, as a result, 911 services are down.
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