Washington State, like much of the United States, has seen a tremendous increase in the use and negative consequences of prescription-type opiates over the last 10-15 years, according to a Research Brief released this month by the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. The brief goes on to state: Prescription-type opiates appear to be a pathway to heroin for many users . . .
The maps below are from the brief and show the increases in the Washington State opiate problem between 2000-2009. (Rx = prescription)