New resource center to close gap in Snohomish County’s fight against opioid crisis (12/21/2018 KIRO Radio)

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 go out on a daily basis to homeless encampments and other places where drug users, homeless, and those with mental health issues converge to try to build relationships and coax people into treatment.