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Edmonds City Council hears from County Executive on emergency opioid response (05/01/2018 MyEdmondsNews article)

By Abby Jernberg | May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Edmonds City Council hears from County Executive on emergency opioid response (05/01/2018 MyEdmondsNews article)

At its regular Tuesday meeting, the Edmonds City Council heard a presentation from Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and two of his staff on their efforts to implement a strategic approach to confronting the growing opioid crisis in our area. “Opioid abuse has been with us for a long time,” Somers said, “but in the…

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The Opioid Crisis' Side Effect That Anyone Can Feel (04/26/2018 Governing article)

By Abby Jernberg | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on The Opioid Crisis' Side Effect That Anyone Can Feel (04/26/2018 Governing article)

Dirty needles littering public parks may sound like a relic of 1980s drug use and urban decay. But as America’s opioid crisis has worsened in recent years, governments are once again confronted with the problem. This time, however, the issue isn’t confined to big cities. “It’s a visible reminder of what we’re facing,” says Jessica…

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Needle Clean-Up Kit and Disposal Program Expands in Snohomish County (04/25/2018 news release)

By Abby Jernberg | April 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Needle Clean-Up Kit and Disposal Program Expands in Snohomish County (04/25/2018 news release)

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – 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 today—and as a result of Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group efforts—the program is…

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The Opioid Crisis: Snohomish County providing free needle-disposal kits to public (04/24/2018 Q13)

By Abby Jernberg | April 24, 2018 | Comments Off on The Opioid Crisis: Snohomish County providing free needle-disposal kits to public (04/24/2018 Q13)

EVERETT, Wash. —  A new push is underway to tackle a visible and dangerous part of the opioid problem in Snohomish County. One in six of Washington’s opioid overdose deaths occur in Snohomish County, even though the county only makes up 10 percent of the state’s population As a result, used needles litter the streets, parks,…

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More needle cleanup and disposal kits available to residents (04/24/2018 Herald article)

By Abby Jernberg | April 24, 2018 | Comments Off on More needle cleanup and disposal kits available to residents (04/24/2018 Herald article)

EVERETT — A program that provides free kits to help people safely clean up and dispose of needles is set to expand around Snohomish County. Starting Wednesday, needle clean-up kits are to be available at five locations. New safe disposal sites are being added, as well. The kits will be at the Snohomish Health District,…

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They’re reaching out to the homeless in the north county (03/30/2018 Herald Article)

By Abby Jernberg | March 30, 2018 | Comments Off on They’re reaching out to the homeless in the north county (03/30/2018 Herald Article)

SMOKEY POINT — Two social workers are now paired up with police in Marysville and Arlington, bringing to north Snohomish County a sheriff’s office program that helps homeless people to get sober, to get off the streets and to start rebuilding their lives. On Thursday morning Marysville officer Mike Buell stepped over dirty pillows, discarded…

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Snohomish County Communities Celebrate Launch of North County Office of Neighborhoods Unit, New County Nuisance Property Ordinance (03/29/2018 news release)

By Abby Jernberg | March 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Snohomish County Communities Celebrate Launch of North County Office of Neighborhoods Unit, New County Nuisance Property Ordinance (03/29/2018 news release)

MARYSVILLE, Wash. – Today, leaders from across Snohomish County officially launched the North County unit of the Office of Neighborhoods and touted the recent passage of a nuisance property ordinance at a press conference in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area.  The mayors and police chiefs of Marysville and Arlington joined Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary and Snohomish County Councilmember Nate Nehring at…

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Opioid users and victims to Sen. Patty Murray: ‘Help’ (02/23/2018 Herald Article)

By Abby Jernberg | February 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Opioid users and victims to Sen. Patty Murray: ‘Help’ (02/23/2018 Herald Article)

EVERETT — A son growing up in a home with two drug-addicted parents. A mom whose 24-year-old son died from a heroin overdose. An elementary school principal who sees the effects of kids growing up in a home shattered by drug use. And a mom who told of the pain of having her children temporarily…

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Fighting the opioid epidemic by understanding it (02/11/2018 Herald Commentary)

By Abby Jernberg | February 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Fighting the opioid epidemic by understanding it (02/11/2018 Herald Commentary)

COLUMNIST Commentary: Fighting the opioid epidemic by understanding it Just as a doctor would, we need to fully assess the patient and his or her particular condition. Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of commentaries examining Snohomish County’s opioid crisis from different perspectives. By Mark Beatty Over the last two weeks, you’ve…

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Statewide drug take back program clears House (02/10/2018 Herald article)

By Abby Jernberg | February 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Statewide drug take back program clears House (02/10/2018 Herald article)

Statewide drug take back program clears House A bill was approved to give every community a safe way to dispose of unused medications. OLYMPIA — Washington moved a step closer Friday to establishing the nation’s first statewide drug take-back program paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. In overwhelming fashion, the state House approved a bill…

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