On November 8, 2017, a joint resolution was approved and signed by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, Sheriff Ty Trenary, the Snohomish County Council and the Snohomish Health District Board of Health. By doing so, these four entities affirmed their commitment to ending the opioid epidemic in Snohomish County through strong partnerships, coordination, and collaboration.
Executive Somers has also directed the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management to partially activate the Emergency Coordination Center to support this effort. While not a formal declaration of emergency, as typically used during natural disasters, the directive does provide additional staff resources to facilitate better coordination and communication across multiple jurisdictions, government agencies and service providers. The multiple agencies and governments in Snohomish County involved so far have formed an Opioid Response Multi-agency Coordination (MAC) Group.
The Opioid Response MAC Group has developed the framework for a multiagency plan focused on reducing the negative impacts opioids have on the health, safety, and quality of life of our communities. The seven goals agreed upon are:
** Reduce opioid misuse and abuse;
** Lessen the availability of opioids;
** Reduce criminal activity associated with opioids;
** Use data to detect, monitor, evaluate, and act;
** Reduce collateral damage to the communities;
** Provide information about the response in a timely and coordinated manner; and
** Ensure the availability of resources that efficiently and effectively support response efforts.
Now that the initial framework and objectives have been identified, those core team leads will be reaching out to other public agencies and private entities to participate in the action teams. This countywide plan is also aligned with the Washington State Interagency Opioid Response Plan and the North Sound Behavioral Health Organization’s Opioid Reduction Plan.