Comments open for changes to statewide opioid crisis

The Washington State Department of Health is hosting a series of seven meetings across the state to help battle Washington’s ongoing opioid epidemic.

There are currently no meetings in Grays Harbor or Pacific County, although one meeting has not been scheduled.

First meeting is Sept. 20 in Tumwater, although “virtual” feedback also welcome.

The meetings are meant to gather feedback from the public, stakeholders, and medical providers as the agency prepares to develop rules to implement changes to opioid prescribing and prescription monitoring, as required in Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1427.

The new law requires the boards and commissions overseeing the health care professions allowed to prescribe opioids – medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, and podiatry – to develop and implement rules for prescribing opioid medications.

As part of this effort, they may also expand and revise their existing opioid prescribing rules for chronic non-cancer pain.

The law also requires DOH’s Prescription Monitoring Program to provide an overdose notification system for medical providers by providing access to emergency department data regarding opioid prescribing and prescription monitoring. It requires DOH to provide facilities and medical provider groups with data to improve prescribing practices.

The public may provide comments in person, by email, in writing, or online. The Sept. 20 meeting is set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Capital Event Center, 6005 Tyee Drive S.W., Tumwater. Other meetings are planned for six other locations.

The new law follows Governor Inslee’s 2016 Executive Order identifying opioids as a critical public health issue. Find information about future meetings on the Department of Health’s opioid prescribing page.

Meeting documents
Tumwater (Olympia)

September 20, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Educational Service District 113 (ESD)
Capital Event Center
6005 Tyee Dr. S.W.
Tumwater, WA  98512
Agenda (PDF)

October 19, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Spokane Convention Center
334 W Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA  99201

November 15, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Red Lion Hotel Yakima Convention Center
607 E. Yakima Ave.
Yakima, WA  98901
Kent (Seattle)

December 12, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Center Point Conference Center
20809 72nd Ave S.
Kent, WA 98032

January 8, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ft. Vancouver Regional Library District
1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98663
Tumwater (Olympia)

March 14, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Labor & Industries Department
7273 Linderson Way S.W.
Tumwater, WA 98501




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