Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

WATCH: Overdose Response During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Words harm reduction over a COVID mask

This month at ADAI partnered with the King County Recovery Coalition, Washington Department of Health, Public Health-Seattle & King County, and a few WA State syringe exchange partners to host a webinar: Overdose Response During the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Webinar topics included: Why overdose risk may be higher during the pandemic, statewide data on overdose deaths and trends, recovery and relapse prevention, and overdose response and naloxone distribution. Find resources related to this webinar here.

Experts from Washington State syringe exchange programs discussed how the pandemic has affected the people they work with, and how their programs have adapted.


  • Everett Maroon, Blue Mountain Heart to Heart in Walla Walla 
  • Beau Antonelis, Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project (EGYHOP) in Olympia
  • Chelsea Amato and Sarah Deutsch from the Hepatitis Education Project in Seattle
  • Lauren Funk, Shantel Davis, and Jill Westermark from the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, Seattle and Kitsap County, and naloxone by mail statewide

Funding for and our overdose response work at ADAI comes from the Washington Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.