Learn how you can help address the opioid crisis from home.

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About Us

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 742 Washington residents died from drug overdoses involving opioids in 2017 – more than half of those were related to heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

 

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Washington is a convening organization of local, state and national leaders working to address our state’s opioid crisis.

 

Together, we are committed to helping to implement programs

that save lives and prevent the

misuse of prescription opioids.

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Leaders Making a Difference

RALI Washington will engage a number of stakeholders, including anti-addiction groups, caregivers, patients, law enforcement, first responders, labor unions, employers, health care providers, veterans, and civic organizations, among others. Initially, we are focused on facilitating the safe disposal of unused prescription medicines and raising awareness of the warning signs of opioid misuse.

 

Learn more about the RALI Washington partners by clicking on the logos below.

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Safe Use & Disposal

Everyone can help prevent prescription drug misuse by safely using, storing and disposing of medications.  

SAFELY USE:

Always talk to your doctor about how to use a prescription medication before taking it.

Be sure to follow dosing recommendations closely.

Don't mix medications without first checking with your doctor.

Never mix prescription opioids with alcohol.

Don't take someone else's medication.

SAFELY STORE:

Always keep prescription medications in a locked or secure place – and always out of the reach of children.

Have a family conversation about the dangers of misusing prescription medication.

Never share medications with family members.

SAFELY DISPOSE:

When finished using a prescription medication as directed by a medical professional, you should safely dispose of it rather than keep it in your medicine cabinet for future use.

Below are several ways to easily and safely dispose of unused medications. Visit the Food and Drug Administration website or talk to your doctor about the disposal method best suited for your medication.

One of the best things we can all do to help address the opioid crisis in our state is to safely dispose of unused prescription medications. There are several options:

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You can use household materials to dispose of your unused medications. All you have to do is mix your medicines with kitty litter or old coffee grounds in an airtight container and dispose of it in your trash can.

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You can visit a drug takeback center in your community. Click HERE to find locations in Washington

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You can use a home disposal kit – you’ll put unused medications in the included pouch,add water, seal and dispose of it in the trash.

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You can use household materials to dispose of your unused medications. All you have to do is mix your medicines with kitty litter or old coffee grounds in an airtight container and dispose of it in your trash can.

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You can visit a drug takeback center in your community.

Click HERE to find locations in Washington

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You can use a home disposal kit – you’ll put unused medications in the included pouch, add water, seal and dispose of it in the trash.

One of the best things we can all do to help address the opioid crisis in our state is to safely dispose of unused prescription medications.

There are several options:

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Warning Signs

If someone you know has started misusing opioids, early intervention is important. Learning the warning signs of opioid addiction can help protect your family, friends and communities.

 

Physical and behavioral changes could indicate someone is misusing prescription opioids or illegal drugs, like heroin or fentanyl.

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PHYSICAL SIGNS:

  • Increase in fatigue or drowsiness

  • Rapid weight loss

  • Frequent constipation or nausea

  • Decline in personal hygiene

  • Wearing long sleeves regardless of the season

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BEHAVIORAL SIGNS:

  • Unexplained absences from school or work

  • Drop in grades or performance at work

  • Loss of interest in hobbies

  • Spending less time with friends or family

  • Hanging out with a new friend group

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INDICATORS IN THE HOME:

  • Missing prescription medications

  • Empty pill bottles

  • Paraphernalia, such as syringes, shoe laces or rubber hose, kitchen spoons, aluminum foil, straws, lighters

Spotting warning signs in teenagers can be particularly hard because young people go through many emotional and physical changes.

 

If you suspect a loved one is misusing opioids, there are resources that can help you prepare for a conversation with them.  It’s also important to talk to your family doctor about prevention and treatment options.

 

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

SAMHSA

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

 

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