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

By Shari Ireton | 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 Shari Ireton | 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 Shari Ireton | 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 Shari Ireton | 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 Shari Ireton | 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 Shari Ireton | 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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Handcuffs and jail cells won’t solve opioid crisis (02/04/2018 Herald Commentary)

By Shari Ireton | February 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Handcuffs and jail cells won’t solve opioid crisis (02/04/2018 Herald Commentary)

Commentary: Handcuffs and jail cells won’t solve opioid crisis It’s more humane — and cost-effective — if we connect those with addictions to treatment and services. Editor’s note: The is the second in a weekly series of commentaries from different perspectives regarding the response to the opioid crisis in Snohomish County. By Ty Trenary Back…

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Dentists need to be part of the opioid discussion (01/28/2018 Herald Commentary)

By Shari Ireton | January 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Dentists need to be part of the opioid discussion (01/28/2018 Herald Commentary)

COMMENTARY Commentary: Dentists need to be part of the opioid discussion Dentists need proper training, especially on how to advise patients on pain management. By Eve Rutherford Barely a day passes without an alarming news report on the devastating effects of opioid abuse. In reading these reports, one thing is painfully clear, without a coordinated…

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Regional players respond to opioid crisis as team (01/28/2018 Herald Commentary)

By Shari Ireton | January 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Regional players respond to opioid crisis as team (01/28/2018 Herald Commentary)

COMMENTARY Commentary: Regional players respond to opioid crisis as team Using disaster response as a model, a multi-agency group is coordinating the response to the crisis. Editor’s note: This is the first in a weekly series of commentaries that will examine the opioid crisis in Snohomish County from four different perspectives. By Dave Somers Every…

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Snohomish County Jail Starts Pilot Program for Medication-Assisted Detox (01/24/2018 press release)

By Shari Ireton | January 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Snohomish County Jail Starts Pilot Program for Medication-Assisted Detox (01/24/2018 press release)

Snohomish County Jail Starts Pilot Program for Medication-Assisted Detox  EVERETT, Wash. – The Snohomish County Jail has launched a pilot program for medication-assisted detox for those inmates with heroin or other opioid addictions. The medical unit in the jail recently had two Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) and one physician trained in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). This…

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