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Overdose outreach, education and training resources


Information on drug use, overdose, addiction treatment and harm reduction, addiction stigma, prevention, and relevant laws and policy.


Overdose Prevention and response training and community needs

  • Request a training, support for a community event, speaker, education, outreach or other support

  • Register for Overdose Prevention and Response Quarterly Training (open to all)

    • Video: Public Health — Seattle & King County Overdose Prevention Training, March 8, 2023

    • Public Health — Seattle & King County Overdose Prevention Training, June 7, 2023 slide deck (3.7 Mb)

      • Listen to an audio recording from the June. 7, 2023 training session (Note: The audio starts at 3 min., 10 seconds. Press play on the audio then click and drag on the horizontal scroller bar to 3:10 to begin).


  • Public Health — Seattle & King County Overdose Prevention Training, September 7, 2023 slide deck (3.2 mb)


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Community trainings and events calendar ➡ Please email overdose@kingcounty.gov if you have an overdose or harm reduction training/community event you’d like to promote.


Opioid Overdose and naloxone

  • Find naloxone in Washington state There are several ways to get naloxone in Washington state without a prescription.

  • stopoverdose.org Offers education and technical assistance for individuals, professionals, and communities in Washington state who want to learn how to prevent and intervene in opioid addiction and overdose.

  • Opioid Overdose Pamphlet Explains risks of opioids, naloxone, and how to respond to an opioid overdose. Available to order in 24 languages at UW's adaiclearinghouse.net.

  • Emergency Dept. Naloxone Distribution The first steps to setting up a community overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) program is to understand the local policies and regulations about standing orders, third party prescribing, collaborative practice agreements, Good Samaritan laws, and provider medication distribution.

  • Naloxone prescribing practice guidelines (148 kb) Information for clinicians and pharmacists to identify who should get naloxone, how to recognize and respond to an overdose and other recommendations.

  • Distributing opioid overdose reversal medications (2SSB 5195) 2SSB 5195 helps to increase access to naloxone. The law requires hospital emergency departments and many behavioral health settings to distribute naloxone to individuals at risk of an opioid overdose.

  • The Good Samaritan Law Overview of the legal protections in Washington State for overdose victims and responders.

  • University of Washington Addiction, Drug, and Alcohol Institute (ADAI) ADAI offers a range of resources to help connect professionals, students, and the general public to training and other education opportunities.



Methamphetamine overdose/over-amping


stopoverdose.org's Meth Overamping page Information on the risks of meth overdose and prevention.


Fentanyl



  • Fentanyl Exposure FAQs

  • Laced & Lethal A fentanyl awareness campaign for youth and young adults, including information on how to prevent, recognize, and respond to opioid overdose, and order free naloxone.

  • It's safe to give help, WA Poison Control Center Questions and answers about secondhand fentanyl exposure.

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  • National Harm Reduction Coalition Learn how to reduce the harms of drug use with the National Harm Reduction Coalition.

  • Syringe Services Programs in King County Programs that provide clean supplies to reduce the harms associated with substance use, harm reduction education, and access to addiction treatment, healthcare, and other resources.

  • Learnabouttreatment.org Information for professionals and the public about evidence-based addiction treatment options.

  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Pamphlet A pamphlet about evidence-based options for the treatment of opioid addiction. Available to print from this link or order at UW's adaiclearinghouse.net. Also available in Spanish.

  • Washington Recovery Help Line Find treatment services nearest you and speak with professionals about getting help with substance use, problem gambling, and/or mental health challenge.

  • King County Pathways Clinic Located at the Downtown Public Health Center, this low barrier program provides patient-centered, evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder with fewer rules than traditional care settings. Phone: 206-458-8798.

  • King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division Find high-quality behavioral health services for low-income individuals, including crisis services, mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, and diversion and reentry services.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SAMHSA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance use and mental illness on American communities.





Community Overdose Prevention and Response Training

  • Host: Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA)

  • Date: November 4, 2023 from 1 pm to 3 pm

  • Location: Meeting room at Renton Highlands Library, 2801 NE 10th St, Renton, WA 98056

  • This free training will teach participants how to identify and respond to an overdose, discuss local substance use and overdose trends, harm reduction and recovery resources, and provide naloxone to participants at no cost.

  • Register online for this event.


Fentanyl Information for Families

  • Host: Bellevue School District

  • Date: November 15, 2023, from 6 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Location: Sammamish High School, 100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005

  • Learn about the dangers of opioids—Local, state, and federal speakers—Support students and keep schools and communities healthy and safe. Session Information will include: Fentanyl and the body, fentanyl and the law, drugs and students, student wellbeing, family reflections. Free and open to the public!


Recovery In Action Event

  • Host: Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA)

  • Date: November 20, 2023, from 6 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 225 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

  • Join us for an exciting prelude to the Behavioral Health Legislative Forum, Recovery in Action, hosted annually by WRA and KCRC. Our pre-event will be held from 4:30-6pm on November 20th in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Get ready to ignite your excitement for the legislative forum and connect with our vibrant recovery community. We will offer activities and food, and it's the perfect opportunity to mingle with like-minded individuals and foster meaningful connections.

  • See additional information on Facebook

  • Register online for this event.


Healthcare for the Homeless and Opioid Overdose Prevention Training

  • Host: Public Health – Seattle & King County, Health Care for the Homeless Network

  • Date: December 14, 2023, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

  • Location: King County Chinook Building, 401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, Conference Room 121 (ground floor, west side of building past elevators)

  • In recognition of rising rates of overdose deaths amongst people experiencing homelessness and housing instability, Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Healthcare for the Homeless Network and the King County Regional Homelessness Authority are hosting a monthly, in-person Opioid Overdose Response Training.

  • Register online for this event. Walk-ins welcome.


Healthcare for the Homeless Harm Reduction for Drug Use Training

  • Host: Public Health – Seattle & King County

  • Date: December 19, 2023 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Location: King County Chinook Building, 401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

  • This free workshop for homeless service providers will be taught about some of the "how-to's" of harm reduction for drug use and overdose prevention in order to better serve the populations in their care. Topics will include infection prevention, safer use, vein care, and more. This training will include a hands-on portion and is only offered in-person at this time. Participants can come to either or both sessions. Workshop across 2 days and 2 hours per day.





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