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February 5, 2021

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

December 2, 2019

Rodent study successfully targeted cell populations in a region of the brain called the nucleus accumbens.

June 19, 2018

Usually seen with inflammatory illnesses, the disease here has an unusual common thread: injection-drug use.

May 9, 2018

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

January 23, 2018

Methamphetamine use has risen among Washingtonians who use needle-exchange programs, according to a survey of injection drug patrons.

August 12, 2017

Drug-use deaths hit a record of 332 in King County last year, with two-thirds of those opioid-related overdoses, according to a new University of Washington study.

August 10, 2017

Opioid addiction and deaths persist; interventions continue to expand

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

Heroin overdoses claimed the lives of 132 people in King County in 2015, and treatment admissions involving that drug surpassed those of alcohol for the first time, according to an annual report published today by the University of Washington’s

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a 32-member task force charged with finding ways to better address the regional heroin epidemic.


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