Good health starts where you live.
Your home and neighborhood should be safe places for you to live and thrive. We have resources to help you reduce risk and stay healthy.
Prevent injury from firearms
One third of homes in the United States have firearms. If stored or handled improperly, they can be very dangerous. Firearm violence claims the lives of nearly seven children a day across the country. In Washington, we saw 620 firearm deaths in 2013.
You can prevent violence and injury.
If you own firearms:
- Always store them unloaded and in a lockbox, storage safe, or with a trigger lock in place.
- Store ammunition separately, in a locked location.
- Hide the keys and combinations.
- Never leave an unsecured firearm unattended.
- Teach children to tell an adult if they find a firearm.
- Ask other parents if they have firearms before you allow play dates or sleepovers.
- Watch for warning signs—82% of teen suicides involve a family member’s firearm.
- Maps of Pierce County firearm Deaths by Zip Code:
- Firearm Deaths in Pierce County Infographic.
- School Safety—Info from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
- Violence prevention report.
- Violence prevention data report.
Suicide is a serious and preventable public health problem. It’s the tenth most common cause of death among adults, and the third most common for people between the ages of 25 to 35. We need your help to make a change. It comes through support networks, education, and improved crisis response.
- Preventing Youth Suicide—Videos, resources, and info from www.youth.gov.
- StopBullying.gov—Identify and prevent bullying, or get help if you need it.
- Suicide Prevention—Practical tips for preventing suicide and helping those in crisis.
- Reporting on Suicide—The way we talk about suicide matters. Learn best practices to ensure your messaging is sensitive and effective.
- Project Semicolon—Your story isn’t over. Get help if you are struggling with depression.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, get help now.
Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
You can also text ‘Heal’ to 741-741.
You can help prevent overdose
Opioid misuse is an epidemic. You can help prevent the spread:
- Secure Medicine Return—Dispose of unused medications properly to prevent misuse or accidental poisoning.
- Stop Opioid Abuse—Find out what you can do.
- Avoid Overdose poster—also available in Spanish.
Naloxone is a life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Police, paramedics, and firefighters use it on emergency calls. Family members and people who use opioids can also carry it to prevent overdose deaths:
Prevent injury from sharps and syringes
Syringes are needles used to inject drugs and certain medications. They can cause injury and spread disease if disposed of improperly. Learn what to do if you find syringes or sharp objects, and find out where you can dispose of or exchange used needles: