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December 22, 2011

University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
Established in 1973, ADAI conducts vital and comprehensive substance use abuse research which is made available to health and social service professionals, policy makers, and the public. The Institute’s mission is to improve the understanding of, and reduce the harm caused by alcohol and drug abuse. This interactive map includes data on a county-by-county basis and important links to treatment services.

Science and Management of Addictions (SAMA)
Dedicated to eliminating the disease of substance addiction in youth, SAMA helps young people and families by providing drug and alcohol assessments, treatment planning, referrals, outpatient treatment services, parent groups, and other resources. Call to schedule an assessment or parent intake session.
Phone: 206-328-1719

Safe Call Now
A crisis referral line for police, firefighters, corrections officers and other public safety workers and their families who are dealing with substance use issues. Phone lines are staffed 24-hours by professionals who understand the unique demands of public safety work. All calls are confidential.
Phone: 206-459-3020

Addictions Treatment Center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
The Addictions Treatment Center provides treatment for veterans experiencing difficulties with drug or alcohol use. The program treats substance use in conjunction with other issues such as PTSD and depressive disorders. Call to schedule an evaluation.
Phone: 206-764-2081

Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP)
PROP provides information and educational materials for doctors, health care providers, and the public. The organization’s mission is to reduce deaths resulting from the prescribing of opioids, and to promote cautious, safe and responsible prescribing practices.

UW Medicine Division of Pain Medicine
Provides inpatient and outpatient services at five area hospitals for diagnosing pain from injury, surgery and disease, and preventing pain from becoming a disabling disease. Doctors pursue precision diagnosis, target specific treatments, and address prevention, patient education, and lifestyle changes in conjunction with medical therapies.

UW Pain Medicine Provider Toolkit
A valuable educational resource for doctors and providers about safe opioid prescribing practices. Includes an Opioid Dose Calculator, pain management guidelines, and information about the Prescription Monitoring Program and the ED Information Exchange.

Prescription Monitoring Program
Information for pharmacists, dispensaries and physicians about the new Prescription Monitoring Program, including how to register and compliance requirements.
Link: PMP Fact Sheet (PDF file)

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines (WA ED Opioid Abuse Work Group)
Recommendations for doctors, emergency departments, and other providers on the prescribing of opioids for non-cancer pain. Guidelines developed by the Washington Emergency Department Opioid Abuse Work Group sponsored by the state Department of Health.
Link: (PDF file)

CME: Opioid Dosing Guidelines
A Continuing Medical Education tool for physicians, pharmacists and others in the health care community who prescribe opioids or are involved in the management of chronic non-cancer pain.

WA Dept. Labor & Industries Medical Treatment Guidelines
Guidelines from L&I for the outpatient prescription of oral opioids for injured workers with non-cancer pain.
Link: (PDF file)

CDC Vital Signs: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses, November 2011

Office of National Drug Control Policy
The 2011 Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan which includes strategies for education, monitoring, proper medication disposal and enforcement.