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Opioid-Use Stats Show Decline In Clallam County

April 20th, 2017 - 10:30 am

Port Angeles – The County Health Officer is reporting the first drop in opioid overdoses since his office began gathering data back in 2016.

The latest statistical data by Clallam County Health and Human Services for the first quarter of 2017 shows a 55% drop when compared to 2016. There were 20 overdoses reported in the first quarter of 2016 compared to 9 reported for the same time period for 2017.

County Health Officer, Dr. Christopher Frank, spoke with KONP about this trend.

 

Dr. Frank said that he thinks the use of Naloxone, or Narcan, was a probably a significant factor in the statistical overdose decline. That drug blocks or reverses the effects of opioid overdoses.

 

Dr. Frank cites naloxone as a helpful tool in the prevention of overdoses, but says that Health and Human Services still has an even greater long-term goal in the overall battle with opioid abuse.

 

There were 62 opioid overdoses tracked in Clallam County last year. Within that group, six overdoses resulted in death.

Dr. Frank said that the county uses information from local hospitals and EMS response calls for their overdose statistics, calling it the most timely data available.

He also pointed out that his office would like to also gather other less timely information such as hospital treatment and overdose deaths. That information is often tabulated by the state and is not released on a quarterly basis.

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