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Recent national and local media coverage of Evergreen Treatment Services and our REACH team, the heroin epidemic, and national policy regarding opioid use and treatment.

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The Fix

Washington Opioid Summit Highlights Medication-Assisted Treatment, Stigma

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson hosted a two-day opioid summit in Seattle and advocated for the medication-assisted treatment with medications like methadone paired with wraparound services like counseling as the optimal treatment for opioid addiction.



The case for prescription herion

One clinic in Vancouver, BC is treating people with opioid use disorders with medical-grade heroin. “The idea is this: If some people are going to use heroin no matter what, it’s better to give them a safe source of the stuff and a safe place to inject it, rather than letting them pick it up on the street — laced with who knows what — and possibly overdose without medical supervision.”


Seattle Times

Trump’s budget dismays families hit by drug addiction crisis

After Trump promised to resolve America’s opioid epidemic on the campaign trail, his recent budget which proposed cutting funds from addiction treatment, research, and prevention, has left families reeling from this crisis disappointed and angry.

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Seattle Times

Debate continues but science is clear: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

Research confirms medication-assisted treatment (MAT) –  with medications such as methadone and buprenorphine – is effective in preventing recurrence of use and overdose. Despite MAT skeptics, the American Society of Addiction Medicine recommends medication combined with counseling as the optimal treatment strategy for most patients.


The Economist

Inside the opioid epidemic

Moving away from the argument that the opioid epidemic is being fueled by white working class despair and economic sluggishness, evidence points to changing drug markets and criminal networks as the real culprits.

Ryan Curran, the day shift operations manager of police and security at Massachusetts General Hospital, stands in front of the bathrooms in the main lobby. Jesse Costa/WBUR



Public restrooms have become a public safety and health concern as they are being used as a place for people to use heroin and other drugs. This radio feature highlights a user navigating Boston’s public restroom arena, a local business owner, and an addiction expert at Boston Medical Center to explore the challenges and propose solutions, one of which are safe consumption sites.

Amy Wright used to shoot up in alleys like this one in downtown Toronto. Now, she's helping the city design its safe injection sites. Credit: Anita Elash

PRI's The World

What’s One Way to Prevent Overdoses?

Canadian government extends permission to three Canadian cities – Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa – to set up safe injection sites; coordinator of the Toronto planned site explains why they’re necessary to fight the crisis on the ground.


The Atlantic

The Opioid Epidemic, the Border Wall, and Magical Thinking

“Amid a national catastrophe as serious as the opioid drug crisis, Trump lacks the knowledge and discipline to pursue the sorts of policies that would save more lives or do more good, even when the flaws of his alternative approach are glaringly obvious. The full consequences of his frustrating shortcomings may prove terrible, indeed.”


New York Times

Spend a Dollar on Drug Treatment, and Save more on Crime Reduction

Research findings show that unlike the war on drugs, treatment for substance use disorders has a tangible impact on crime reduction. Counseling paired with medication, such as methadone or buprenorphine, has been shown to be the most cost-effective way to treat opioid use disorder. C.D.C. researcher Harold Pollack explained, “the economic value of crime reduction largely or totally offsets the cost of treatment.”

Mayor Andy Ryder, from left, City Manager Scott Spence, City Clerk Carol Litten and council members Rachel Young and Lenny Greenstein discuss the community development block grant proposals during Thursday’s Lacey City Council work session. Rolf Boone

The Olympian

$867,000 was at stake: Who did Lacey City Council give the money to?

Lacey City Council approved a $250,000 community development grant to Evergreen Treatment Services to expand the South Sound Clinic. This is a reflection of the council’s acknowledgement of the growing opioid epidemic and their commitment to finding solutions.

Drs in Indiana are limiting prescription of opioids. James Broshner for the New York Times

New York Times


Op-ed highlights the need to make progress against the opioid epidemic through economic integration and job creation efforts for rural, blighted communities in the U.S.



KOMO News town hall to focus on heroin crisis

Submit your questions regarding the heroin crisis, safe injection sites, and substance use disorder treatment to be discussed during KOMO’s televised town hall with former news anchor, Penny LeGate, Sen. Mark Miloscia, Caleb Banta-Green from the UW’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, and Snohomish Cty Sheriff Ty Trenary.


New York Magazine


As annual death tolls from drug overdoses surpasses the number of deaths caused by AIDS during its peak in America, New York Magazine argues that the opioid epidemic has become today’s largest public health challenge.


Seattle Channel

City Inside/Out: Heroin Help

Seattle Channel weighs pros and cons of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force’s recommended safe consumption sites in Seattle.



Serving the Drug [Users] Of Utah, One Syringe At A Time

The opioid epidemic has hit Utah hard – a state already struggling with a lack of health care– so the Syringe Exchange has stepped in to help prevent fatal overdoses by giving people what they need to inject drugs safely. People bring their dirty syringes and exchange are provided with clean syringes, tourniquets, alcohol swabs, first aid kits, and if possible, the overdose antidote naloxone.

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Wall Street Journal

Seattle, King County Plan Safe-Injection Sites

Seattle and King County move towards creating nation’s first safe drug sites to combat the opioid crisis based on the Herion and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force’s recommendation.


New York Times

Don’t Lock ‘Em Up. Give ‘Em a Chance to Quit Drugs.

The New York Times covers LEAD’s harm reduction approach toward people, like Roland Vasquez, who are caught in the cycle of incarceration.  Vasquez describes his struggle with substance use and LEAD’s role in keeping him in treatment and rebuilding his life and relationships.

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MTV’s Prescription for Change

MTV teams up with multi-platinum artist Macklemore to go inside America’s opioid epidemic, meeting those living with addiction and heading to Washington DC for an exclusive talk with President Obama on this important issue. Watch now!



Northwest Now

Northwest Now, a production of KBTC Tacoma interviews Molly Carney, ETS executive director, Caleb Banta-Green of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the UW, and former TV journalist Penny LeGate who tragically lost her daughter to heroin overdose.


ABC Nightline

ABC Nightline

REACH’s LEAD program is changing the way that the Seattle Police Department is handling low-level drug offenders.  Check out the program featured on ABC’s Nightline.