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DSHS combats opioid crisis with 'Starts with One' campaign


January 11, 2018

OLYMPIA — According to recent statistics, prescription pain medications are now the leading cause of accidental death in Washington state — more than guns or car crashes. In 2015, an average of two Washingtonians died each day from opioid overdose, and heroin deaths more than doubled between the years 2010 and 2015.

Now, using a portion of an $11 million federal grant, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is continuing its work to combat the state’s opioid epidemic by launching a new prevention campaign, “Starts with One.”

“This campaign is an important component...

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