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 people out of homeless camps, fight drug addiction, and possibly start a new life.

“I’m still floored and surprised by the conditions we see in the camps,” said Lauren Rainbow, a law enforcement social worker with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.