2016 Annual Opioid Report

Washington Poison Center Toxic Trends Report*

2016 Annual Opioid Report

Take Back Your Meds


The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) saw a slight increase in calls regarding opioid exposures in 2016 (n=1,696) compared to 2015 (n=1,672). Of the calls received, over 70% (n=1,199) of the exposures occurred in individuals 20 years of age or older.


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Good Samaritan Law: “A person who seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug-related overdose shall not be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance if the evidence for the charge of possession of a controlled substance was obtained as a result of the person seeking medical assistance.”

Don’t hesitate to call the Washington Poison Center for anyone you think is having an adverse reaction or if you suspect an opioid overdose. Common symptoms include drowsiness, slow breathing or decreased respirations, and miosis (small pupils).

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*Disclaimer: Reporting of exposures to the poison center is voluntary and not mandated by law. As such, WAPC data describes the number of calls called into the poison center and most likely is an underrepresentation of the true occurence of any one substance. All calls to the Washington Poison Center are free and confidential.For further information, contact Dr. Garrard at AGarrard@wapc.org or 206-517-2356.

Here is a printable copy of the  2016 Opioid Report.