A bill defining more overdose outreach providers in an effort to fight the nationwide opioid crisis passed in the Senate, and was favorably recommended by the House Health and Human Services Committee on Monday. Senate Bill 130, sponsored by Sen. Jen Plumb (D-Salt Lake County), would amend previous legislation passed in 2016. The original legislation … Read more

A Portland nonprofit organization has been rapidly using its supplies of Narcan to treat locals suffering from drug overdoses lately, and needs more access to the drug. Some relief could be on the way through state legislative proposals, as well as a recent ruling from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Blanchet House has … Read more

After receiving a special delivery in February, the McAlister South Bay Regional Recovery Center in Chula Vista uncovered the county’s first naloxone vending machine. The naloxone vending machine, which went active on March 2nd, is part of San Diego County’s larger effort to reduce opioid overdoses and is a part of the city’s Harm Reduction … Read more

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward highlighted the city’s focus on mental health, housing, and the fentanyl epidemic at the State of the City address on Thursday.     Woodward said community members have expressed fatigue, frustration, and a loss of patience in trying to address their mental health issues.  “We can all point to examples in … Read more

In this edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” we feature details on health policy priorities for the 2023 legislative session, a Q&A with WSHA’s Gena Ahlawat on hospital workforce initiatives, and a video interview with Rhonda Hauff, CEO of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. Emily Boerger State of Reform   1. Health priorities for the 2023 session … Read more

Social determinants of health have a significant influence on the overall health of Washingtonians, and several health care organizations are working on projects that aim to improve the effects they can have on residents.     Alison Poulsen, Leah Becknell, Allison Krutsinger, and Robert DeGregorio discussed some of those projects during the “Innovative approaches for … Read more

Alaska health care professionals discussed the importance of using harm reduction services in treating substance use disorders on Wednesday.     Dr. Sarah Spencer, a family medicine specialist at Ninilchik Traditional Council Community Clinic, discussed harm reduction during the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health’s Project ECHO meeting. The ECHO series educates residents on substance use … Read more