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Snohomish Health District: Up to 80,000 misusing opioids (01/10/2019 Herald)

By Shari Ireton | January 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Snohomish Health District: Up to 80,000 misusing opioids (01/10/2019 Herald)

Somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of Snohomish County residents either are addicted to opioids or are misusing them, a Snohomish Health District report estimates. The study released Wednesday tried to quantify just how widespread the drug problem is. It’s one of the first such attempts to do so in the nation. It found between…

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New report estimates 5,000-10,000 people have opioid use disorder in Snohomish County (01/09/2019 KIRO7)

By Shari Ireton | January 9, 2019 | Comments Off on New report estimates 5,000-10,000 people have opioid use disorder in Snohomish County (01/09/2019 KIRO7)

The Snohomish Health District report released Wednesday estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 individuals in Snohomish County have an opioid use disorder. An additional 35,000 to 80,000 are estimated to be misusing opioids.  More…

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Opioid Use Disorder & Opioid Misuse in Snohomish County: Burden of Disease Report (December 2018, Snohomish Health District)

By Shari Ireton | December 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Opioid Use Disorder & Opioid Misuse in Snohomish County: Burden of Disease Report (December 2018, Snohomish Health District)

A new study also estimates as many as 10,000 county residents are addicted to opioids. More…

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

By Shari Ireton | December 21, 2018 | Comments Off on 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…

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One Washington County Is Treating The Opioid Crisis As A Natural Disaster (11/02/2018 The Fix)

By Shari Ireton | November 11, 2018 | Comments Off on One Washington County Is Treating The Opioid Crisis As A Natural Disaster (11/02/2018 The Fix)

What if the government used the natural disaster coordinated system to mitigate the opioid epidemic? In Snohomish County in Western Washington, officials are taking a unique approach to the opioid crisis by declaring it a life-threatening emergency, as if it were a natural disaster. More…

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‘Finding Fixes’ to Washington state’s opioid crisis with bus passes and other solutions (10/11/2018 KUOW)

By Shari Ireton | October 11, 2018 | Comments Off on ‘Finding Fixes’ to Washington state’s opioid crisis with bus passes and other solutions (10/11/2018 KUOW)

It’s called Finding Fixes, a new podcast from InvestigateWest, and it explores solutions for people and communities struggling with opioid addiction. More…

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Finding Fixes, a Seattle Podcast on Solving the Opioid Crisis, Launches Monday (09/17/2018 The Stranger)

By Shari Ireton | September 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Finding Fixes, a Seattle Podcast on Solving the Opioid Crisis, Launches Monday (09/17/2018 The Stranger)

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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Loved ones lost to drugs, but families keep up their fight (08/26/2018 Herald)

By Shari Ireton | August 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Loved ones lost to drugs, but families keep up their fight (08/26/2018 Herald)

Against a backdrop of dozens of faces, two Everett mothers spoke of the grievous reason their paths crossed. “We had lost our beloved boys to drugs,” said Cathi Lee, who stood side by side with Debbie Warfield during a solemn gathering Thursday night at the Snohomish County Courthouse Plaza. Behind them were photographs of people…

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Reports of 57 Opioid Overdoses Within Seven Days in Snohomish County (07/25/2018 Snohomish Health District)

By Shari Ireton | July 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Reports of 57 Opioid Overdoses Within Seven Days in Snohomish County (07/25/2018 Snohomish Health District)

The Snohomish Health District—in partnership with the Snohomish County Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group—completed a second 7-day point-in-time data collection for opioid overdoses from July 9-15, 2018. The result: 57 overdoses in one week, 2 of which were fatal. More…

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For Snohomish County, coordination and collaboration key to addressing the opioid crisis (07/23/2018 KIRO Radio)

By Shari Ireton | July 23, 2018 | Comments Off on For Snohomish County, coordination and collaboration key to addressing the opioid crisis (07/23/2018 KIRO Radio)

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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