From declaring an emergency, to starting addiction treatment at the jail, to dedicated outreach teams of social workers and sheriff’s deputies, Snohomish County has been tackling the opioid and homeless crisis head on. Another key piece of that response will open its doors next month. The county’s dedicated teams of social workers and sheriff’s deputies…

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Seattle radio producer Anna Boiko-Weyrauch was tired of reading stories about the opioid crisis that discussed suffering more than solutions, and so she decided to do something about it. “There ARE solutions!” Boiko-Weyrauch, the host of Finding Fixes—a podcast from InvestigateWest that focuses on the opioid crisis in Snohomish County—told me in an email. “And communities…

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In 2017, Snohomish County formed its Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination — or MAC group. It’s a coordinated effort across multiple jurisdictions, government agencies, and service providers to address the opioid crisis. As part of the county’s unified effort, it recently conducted the second annual Opioid Point In Time Count – similar to the annual One…

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