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

By Abby Jernberg | 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 Abby Jernberg | 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 Abby Jernberg | 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 Abby Jernberg | 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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‘These Kids Are Watching Their Parents Die’ (07/03/2018 The Nation)

By Abby Jernberg | July 2, 2018 | Comments Off on ‘These Kids Are Watching Their Parents Die’ (07/03/2018 The Nation)

For children growing up in the shadow of the opioid crisis, public schools have become the safety net of last resort. More…

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Editorial: Health district should adopt needle exchange (05/13/2018 Herald)

By Abby Jernberg | May 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Editorial: Health district should adopt needle exchange (05/13/2018 Herald)

It’s been a part of Everett’s street culture since 1988, the early years of efforts to address the AIDS epidemic and the “bleach and teach” outreach to those using injectable drugs to stop sharing needles and to sterilize the syringes in order to reduce transmission of HIV and other diseases. That legacy remains in its…

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Senator Discusses Opioids With Washington State Officials (05/04/2018 US News & World Report)

By Abby Jernberg | May 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Senator Discusses Opioids With Washington State Officials (05/04/2018 US News & World Report)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell met with officials in northwest Washington state to discuss the impact of the opioid crisis on the area and how the federal government might be more effective in dealing with the matter. The Daily Herald reports the Democratic senator outlined legislation she’s working on to the Snohomish…

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Needle Clean-Up Kit, disposal program expands (05/02/2018 North County Outlook article)

By Abby Jernberg | May 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Needle Clean-Up Kit, disposal program expands (05/02/2018 North County Outlook article)

Since rolling out the free needle clean-up kit program in September 2017, over 800 kits have been distributed by the Snohomish Health District. These kits have ensured the safe and proper disposal of more than 10,000 syringes. Starting April 25 — and as a result of Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group efforts — the…

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Snohomish County set to open addiction 'diversion center' (05/01/2018 KING5)

By Abby Jernberg | May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Snohomish County set to open addiction 'diversion center' (05/01/2018 KING5)

A “diversion center” is set to open up later this month in an old work-release center at the Snohomish County jail. It doesn’t look like much, but to those on the front lines of Snohomish County’s opioid epidemic, it’s a game changer. “We’re super excited,” said Deputy Bud McCurry. “We’ve got clients on the streets…

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Snohomish County officials work to help homeless people suffering from addiction (05/01/2018 Q13)

By Abby Jernberg | May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Snohomish County officials work to help homeless people suffering from addiction (05/01/2018 Q13)

EVERETT, Wash. — Snohomish County officials are working to save the lives of homeless people addicted to heroin and opioids. State officials say in 2016, 90 people died from opioid and heroin abuse in Snohomish County. Officials in the county are planning to open the doors to a diversion center. The goal is to get…

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