Both the Senate Health Care and House Health Care & Wellness Committees are having work sessions on opioids this week.

At a minimum the following agencies and associations will be presenting:  (1) Department of Health;(2) Health Care Authority; (3) Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute; and (4) East Asian Medicine Practitioners.  They will provide general background information on opioids, the availability of treatment for substance abuse disorders, as well as what is being done to prevent overdoses.  Information will be provided with regard to monitoring what is being prescribed to patients, treatment, overdoses, and deaths.  They will also look at what is being done to implement safe prescribing practices, explore non-opioid alternatives to pain, expand access to medication-assisted treatment, and how to increase the use of the prescription monitoring program.

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Juliana Roe comes to WSAC with almost a decade of experience working as non-partisan staff in the Washington State Senate. She has a strong legal background and knowledge of our court system as she served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Alexander for the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. Juliana received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. She represents WSAC on issues relating to public safety, law and justice, and human services.