An emergency response yields progress fighting drug overdoses – Everett Herald (12/4/2018)

A year ago, local leaders declared opioid overdoses an emergency — a deadly crisis on par with an earthquake or some other natural disaster.

That meant marshaling government forces throughout Snohomish County: police and paramedics, medical professionals and social workers.

Since then, there’s been progress, though much unfinished work remains.

The multi-agency effort is credited with helping train hundreds of people to save lives with overdose-reversal drugs; to slash toxicology turnaround times, giving families and detectives answers after deaths; and to secure millions of dollars for a job-training program tailored toward addicts and people struggling with homelessness.


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