drug abuse

March 8, 2022

In Washington state, 42% of respondents said they had used the dangerous opioid in the previous 3 months.

An image of fentanyl capsules, as provided by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
August 31, 2021

As International Overdose Awareness Day dawns on Aug. 31, Washington state's largest county has set a new record for fentanyl-related deaths in one year.

August 19, 2021

Offering directly observed therapy with a video smartphone app did not improve buprenorphine engagement or outcomes, study finds.

February 5, 2021

Addiction researcher Caleb Banta-Green offers context to the troubling spike during COVID-19's emergence, and ideas for combatting it.

July 2, 2019

415 residents succumbed: Heroin and opioids, including fentanyl, continue to be most common drugs linked to fatal overdoses.

May 9, 2018

Uptick seen in fatal overdoses involving illicit fentanyl, says UW author of annual drug trends report.

April 30, 2018

She took one hit of heroin and “ended up dead for a few seconds,” recounted UW Medicine psychiatrist Richard Ries, describing a patient.  Years later, though, the woman got married and returned to college.

August 10, 2017

Opioid addiction and deaths persist; interventions continue to expand

Media contacts:
Washington State Department of Health, Julie Graham, 360.810.1628

May 10, 2017

UW drug-abuse researcher had lead role in data analysis

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