Officials said the real peak of patients may not be seen until next month, when prescriptions issued in mid-July begin to run out. look at this siteA patient might not know until September or October that their medicine is out, Stanos said. There might be a second and third wave. There have been no reports of deaths or other serious consequences from abrupt opiate withdrawal, officials with the state Department of Health said. But neither the department nor the Washington Health Care Authority, which oversees Medicaid, are notified when such deaths occur, agency officials said. indexOfficials do know that more than 1,500 former Seattle Pain Centers patients have sought care in emergency departments across the state between Aug. 17, when tracking began, and Sept. 18. Thats about 47 visits to ERs every day, a state report showed. The visits have been clustered in many of the communities the centers served. At least 143 former patients sought care during that period at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, with 88 showing up at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and 78 at St.
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