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ETS NEWS AND MEDIA COVERAGE

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.

Let’s fund what works to help Seattle’s homeless

Seattle Times

Let’s fund what works to help Seattle’s homeless

“Defunding the Nav Team and fully funding localized outreach with skilled teams is not a silver bullet and will not immediately solve the homelessness crisis. But, paired with dramatic investments in affordable and supportive housing, we may have a real shot at lasting change. Let’s invest, and invest big, in what’s working to end homelessness once and for all.”

Pros and cons of disbanding Seattle’s Navigation Team

KUOW

Pros and cons of disbanding Seattle’s Navigation Team

“Sending police officers really sends a signal that they’re actually criminals. What we want to do is send actual social workers who understand their experiences, who often have had lived experience themselves, and are really respectful, and know how to build trusting relationships to help move people to change.” Read more to find out what REACH co-director, Chloe Gale, has to say about defunding SPD’s Nav Team.

Seattle budget changes may upend the city’s response to homeless encampments

KNKX

Seattle budget changes may upend the city’s response to homeless encampments

Our REACH team pulled out of the sweep efforts of Seattle’s Navigation Team a year ago, as “the team was overly focused on clearing encampments and moving people into shelters when that’s not the best option for everyone.” Case managers could not form trusting relationships with their homeless clients when they were followed by officers forcing relocation of encampments. Our community needs to fund programs that can build trust with our most vulnerable, not fear.

Seattle City Council votes to defund team that removes homeless encampments, in victory for activists

Seattle Times

Seattle City Council votes to defund team that removes homeless encampments, in victory for activists

Victory! After years of activism and prolonged demonstrations in support of defunding Seattle Police, city-council has made the historic vote of dissolving the Navigation Team responsible for forcibly driving out homeless community members from their encampments. We support solutions that get to the root of chronic homelessness and provide these members of our community with proper services.

Seattle’s arrest alternative, LEAD, moves beyond police

Crosscut

Seattle’s arrest alternative, LEAD, moves beyond police

As highlighted in the past, our LEAD program participants have “60% lower odds of arrest for six months after their first arrest and 39% lower odds of catching a felony case over the next two years.” With protests in the area showing large support for a shift to community-led programs in response to 9-1-1 calls on cases of homelessness, mental health, drug use, and sex work, find out how allocating funds away from the police and to programs like ours will make our communities safer for all.

Seattle protest leaders call for defunding and dismantling police. What would that look like?

The Seattle Times

Seattle protest leaders call for defunding and dismantling police. What would that look like?

Our REACH case managers connect members of our homeless communities with the programs and services they need to enjoy a happy and healthy life. With support from protesters calling for city funds to be diverted from the police to programs like ours, we can show “how it might be possible to lean less on police” and in turn keep our communities even safer by providing sympathetic treatment to our most vulnerable. Read more about us and other ways Seattle protesters are suggesting using diverted police funds.

The War on Drugs in Washington Is Over, If You Want It

The Stranger

The War on Drugs in Washington Is Over, If You Want It

The Stranger highlights our successful LEAD program as participants have “60% lower odds of arrest for six months after their first arrest and 39% lower odds of catching a felony case over the next two years.”

Temporary shelter and promises of coexistence are expiring in Ballard and Renton

Real Change News

Temporary shelter and promises of coexistence are expiring in Ballard and Renton

“The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program (LEAD) also moved clients into hotel rooms during the coronavirus crisis. Many have decided to enter treatment programs, said Melodie Reece, a project manager with LEAD.” 

The stability that hotel housing has provided has brought many clients to pursue medication-assisted treatment, a process that requires consistency. This consistency and safety are threatened as housing provisions are set to expire.  

“It feels like you’re in a boat trying to paddle through a hurricane”

KUOW

“It feels like you’re in a boat trying to paddle through a hurricane”

REACH outreach care coordinator, Dawn Whitson explains the added layers of difficulty navigating the COVID-19 pandemic for her clients experiencing homelessness. As she continues to bring food from food banks, deliver clothing, and connect them to medical care, her concerns for their well-being continues to rise.

Mayor Durkan responds to proposed payroll tax

KUOW

Mayor Durkan responds to proposed payroll tax

In this KUOW interview, Mayor Jenny Durkan responds to Dawn Whitson, REACH outreach care coordinator’s concerns over not having enough shelter spaces, and the need to use hotels to distance people.

In Seattle, Early Help for Homeless Residents During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Frontline

In Seattle, Early Help for Homeless Residents During the Coronavirus Outbreak

“Rumors and misinformation can spread like viruses too, and they can be just as difficult to contain. Dawn Whitson, one of the social workers with REACH…explained that martial law hadn’t actually been imposed.” Our REACH team is bringing information and services to our clients outside. Check out this Frontline article to learn more about outreach efforts in Seattle during the pandemic.

People in addiction treatment are losing crucial support during coronavirus pandemic

Washington Post

People in addiction treatment are losing crucial support during coronavirus pandemic

“In Seattle, the nonprofit Evergreen Treatment Services set up a mobile dispensary — a customized van — in the parking lot of its largest clinic to give opioid medications to symptomatic patients. Group counseling has temporarily been suspended; counselors are talking to patients by phone.” Check out this Washington Post article on the evolving needs of addiction treatment facilities, with our CEO, Steve Woolworth quoted inside.

Opioid treatment in King County jails can reduce crime and suffering

Seattle Times

Opioid treatment in King County jails can reduce crime and suffering

“Now, a solution employed by some Washington counties appears to offer an effective tool for reaching individuals trapped at the intersection of addiction, criminal activity and homelessness.” Dorothy Bullitt, an ETS donor writes about the importance of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in King County jails.

Seattle has figured out how to end the war on drugs

The New York Times

Seattle has figured out how to end the war on drugs

On the front page of The New York Times Sunday Review, Nicholas Kristof called out the ineffectiveness of the “War on Drugs” the U.S. has been waging for decades. After his visit to Seattle, including a few days with REACH’s LEAD case managers and clients, he is convinced that innovative, compassionate approaches like ours are the way forward.

ETS Clinical Director Discusses MAT, Counseling, and More

KODX Seattle

ETS Clinical Director Discusses MAT, Counseling, and More

Sean Soth sat down with KDOX’s radio podcast “3 to 1” to educate the public about the different services ETS provides, from medication-assisted treatment to our new Treatment in Motion van, to REACH.

Stories About Home: a night of storytelling from people who know homelessness

Seattle Times

Stories About Home: a night of storytelling from people who know homelessness

A recent storytelling event on the Seattle University campus called “Stories About Home”, put on by Seattle Times’ Project Homeless and SU’s Project on Family Homelessness, showcased emotional and insightful speaking from a number of folks who have experienced homelessness themselves, or have other close personal experience with it.
Come Have Coffee With Project Homeless

Seattle Times

Come Have Coffee With Project Homeless

The Seattle Times Project Homeless team wants to hear from you. Join them for coffee Tuesday, March 26 from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. at Project Homeless HQ, 6940 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The team wants to hear what you think about their reporting and discuss the topics they’re writing about. The event is open to all, but please RSVP.

A visual journey through addiction

The New York Times

A visual journey through addiction

The opioid epidemic has devastated America. It is now the leading cause of death in the U.S. for Americans under 55. How did we get here? “Getting hooked is nobody’s plan. Some turn to heroin because prescription painkillers are tough to get. Fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin, has snaked its way into other drugs like cocaine, Xanax and MDMA, widening the epidemic.” Check out this visual journey through addiction to better understand how opioids hijack the brains of our family and friends.

State Supreme Court Strikes Down I-27; King County Will Pursue Safe Consumption Sites

Seattle Weekly

State Supreme Court Strikes Down I-27; King County Will Pursue Safe Consumption Sites

The Washington State Supreme Court struck down I-27 – the initiative seeking to ban safe injection sites in King County – citing an infringement on the county’s right to set its own budget. “The ruling opens the doors for the county to begin setting up consumption sites as part of its pilot program.”

Drug overdose deaths were so bad in 2017, they reduced overall life expectancy

Vox

Drug overdose deaths were so bad in 2017, they reduced overall life expectancy

U.S. life expectancy has decreased for the third year in a row according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2017, there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths – the highest for any year recorded. The synthetic opioid Fentanyl remains the top killer of those abusing substances. But there is hope. Statisticians believe that 2018 could show the opioid crisis and overdose deaths leveling off thanks to medication-assisted treatment, the overdose-reversing antidote naloxone, and corralling deceptive pharmaceutical companies.

US health chief says overdose deaths beginning to level off

The Seattle Times

US health chief says overdose deaths beginning to level off

Will 2018 statistics prove a decrease in opioid-related deaths? Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar thinks so. “There’s solid evidence backing medication-assisted treatment, when used alongside counseling and ongoing support. He also noted much broader access to the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, and a documented decline in the number of people misusing prescription opioids as doctors take greater care in prescribing.”

Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

The Seattle Times

Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

One of the major opioid manufacturing companies accused of deceptively marketing their drugs – Purdue Pharma – is making a $3.4 million grant to produce the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. “Governments are asking for changes in how opioids are marketed, and for help paying for treatment and the costs of ambulance runs, child welfare systems, jails and other expenses associated with the opioid crisis.”

Why Is the DOJ Trying to Stop Cities from Taking on the Opioid Crisis?

Rolling Stone

Why Is the DOJ Trying to Stop Cities from Taking on the Opioid Crisis?

Although more than 72,000 people died from overdoses last year, our current federal government wants to ban safe injections sites. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein believes the facilities do more harm than good. “This is not a disease that gets spread like the flu, people can only become addicted if they have access to these illegal drugs. If we can prevent that access, we can prevent the addiction.”

The Real Scandal in the Fight Against Opioids

Politico

The Real Scandal in the Fight Against Opioids

“At a time of widespread anguish and hand-wringing about addiction, neither the president, nor Congress, nor governors, nor journalists are paying enough attention to the one thing that could truly make a difference: more and better treatment.” Medication-assisted treatment is too critical in addressing the opioid epidemic to be ignored.

Long Distance Addictions

Seattle Weekly

Long Distance Addictions

ETS’ executive director, Molly Carney, was featured in this Seattle Weekly article on the barriers patients face trying to access medication-assisted treatment.

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

The New York Times

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

Through a federal program that places qualified doctors in under-served communities, Dr. Nicole Gastala found herself practicing family medicine in Marhsalltown,IA. She soon began her journey tackling the opioid epidemic in her new town and dealing with the bureaucracy and stigma that comes along with helping people begin their recovery from opioids.

Kitsap methadone patients face long commute for care for opioid addiction

Kitsap Sun

Kitsap methadone patients face long commute for care for opioid addiction

Substance users on their journey to recovery face many challenges. One challenge they shouldn’t face is access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Currently, there are no approved opioid treatment programs west of the Puget Sound. Tad Sooter from the Kitsap Sun follows an ETS patient – Janine – on her commute by ferry and car to receive MAT.

US opioid crisis: Seattle’s battle over safe injection plan

BBC

US opioid crisis: Seattle’s battle over safe injection plan

Safe injection sites have long been a contentious idea in Seattle. A place where addicts can safely consume drugs under the guidance of medical professionals – a crazy idea to some, but others believe such sites can help tackle the opioid crisis.

America’s 150-Year Opioid Epidemic

The New York Times

America’s 150-Year Opioid Epidemic

America’s opioid epidemic is not a new one, but a revitalization of substance misuse catalyzed by doctors prescribing a profitable and effective drug. “What is striking is how, aside from some Victorian-era moralizing, they [those who overdose] feel so familiar to a 21st-century reader: Henderson developed an addiction at a vulnerable point in her life, found doctors who enabled it and then self-destructed. She was just one of thousands of Americans who lost their lives to addiction between the 1870s and the 1920s.”

Safe Drug Site Challenge Heads to State Supreme Court

Seattle Weekly

Safe Drug Site Challenge Heads to State Supreme Court

ETS Executive Director Molly Carney was featured in Seattle Weekly for her knowledge around safe injection sites. “We believe the law is clear that public health decisions must be made by public health authorities in consultation with experts,” stated Carney as the safe injection site battle heads to the State Supreme Court.

An Opioid Crisis Foretold

The New York Times

An Opioid Crisis Foretold

The current opioid epidemic is the worst drug epidemic in U.S history. Epidemics have plagued countries across the 19th and 20th centuries and wars were fought over opium. The medical community is largely blamed for the epidemics that have affected populations over the years. Why have we not learned from our past?

Capital budget invests in Seattle area

Senate Democrats

Capital budget invests in Seattle area

Governor Inslee signed into law a supplemental capital budget. ETS was awarded $3 million for increased behavioral health capacity.

Federal Ban On Methadone Vans Seen As Barrier To Treatment

Huffington Post

Federal Ban On Methadone Vans Seen As Barrier To Treatment

A federal ban on mobile methadone clinics may be holding back proven medication-assisted treatment for those who are experiencing opioid addiction. Vans have the capability to reach the outskirts of cities to the most densely populated areas where an on-the-ground clinic is non-existent. ETS has federal grant money set aside to deploy four new vans, but until the DEA lifts the ban, the money and the medication lies dormant.

Let Cities Open Safe Injection Sites

The New York Times

Let Cities Open Safe Injection Sites

People are dying at staggering rates from opioid overdose. If lawmakers want to seriously help put a dent in overdose deaths, they must support safe injection sites. The contentious sites provide the overdose drug, naloxone, sterile syringes, and services that help get users on the road to recovery. Data from sites around the world prove that these safe consumption spaces have a positive influence on getting users into treatment.

Philadelphia, a city stalked by overdoses, fights back

The New York Times

Philadelphia, a city stalked by overdoses, fights back

Safe injection sites violate U.S. Federal Law yet can save tens of thousands of lives across the United States. In the wake of the largest drug epidemic in U.S. history – far surpassing the AIDS epidemic –  the U.S. must turn to innovative and radical ideas to halt this deadly epidemic. Safe injection sites attract the most marginalized populations of those who inject drugs, promote safe conditions for injecting, and open doors for those who are ready to seek healthcare – both mental and physical. These people already exist in our communities and these sites help them find the support they need to get into recovery. Cities like Vancouver and Sydney have already approved safe injection sites. The data surrounding these sites prove that there is no enhanced drug use or drug trafficking. So why are U.S. cities having such a hard time legalizing sites to help stifle the opioid epidemic? Stigma surrounding safe injection sites and public misconception are holding back lawmakers from approving said sites. This NYT article shows how Philadelphia is surpassing the bureaucracy and providing the needed help to substance users.

The Wrong Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

The New York Times

The Wrong Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

The stigma that exists around Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) hinders substance users from beginning their journey to recovery. Addiction is not synonymous to dependence on medication. Joe Thompson’s story serves as a harrowing example of how this type of stigma can be deadly towards those seeking treatment.

The Failed War on Drugs

New York Times

The Failed War on Drugs

“We have a crisis on our hands — and the last half century we’ve been failing to solve it.” New York Times opinion contributors show how we’ve lost the war on drugs, and what to do next.

The single biggest reason America is failing in its response to the opioid epidemic

Vox

The single biggest reason America is failing in its response to the opioid epidemic

“‘For 100-plus years as a society, we’ve punished and criminalized people who use drugs.”

This has fostered an environment in which people who are addicted to drugs are seen not as victims of a disease who need help, as we would see, say, someone with cancer. Instead, they’re viewed as wrongdoers and perpetrators of their own illness.” Reporter German Lopez from Vox on the stigma of addiction.

City Inside/Out: Safe Injection Sites?

Seattle Channel

City Inside/Out: Safe Injection Sites?

Seattle and King County lawmakers have been grappling with the opioid crisis. Last year, over 300 people died of an overdose. A contentious idea – safe injection sites – exist in many places around the world. Many people wonder if the sites will help or hinder the substance user. “You can’t help a dead person”, states Michael Roberts, Victim’s Father & Co-Founder, Amber’s H.O.P.E. With Narcan, staff at the sites are able to revive those who overdose. REACH’s Co -Director Chloe Gale joins Seattle City Councilman Rob Johnson, Dr. Joe Merrill, and Gretchen Taylor of Neighborhood Safety Alliance of Seattle to discuss the pros and cons of safe injection sites.

One way to help homeless in King County? Shorten the wait for treatment

The Seattle Times

One way to help homeless in King County? Shorten the wait for treatment

Philanthropy and local government are changing the way substance abuse affect our families, neighbors, and friends. That moment when someone thinks, “I need to get help” is the “tiny window of opportunity,” says ETS Executive Director, Molly Carney.  However, wait times can be detrimental towards the recovery process. “Currently, only five out of 29 local treatment agencies are able to consistently provide on-demand outpatient treatment for low-income clients.” Billionaire Steve and Connie Ballmer’s philanthropy and King County will soon be funding incentive payments for on-demand, outpatient treatment.

Americans die daily while president waffles on opioid crisis

The Seattle Times

Americans die daily while president waffles on opioid crisis

ETS Executive Director, Molly Carney, writes in the Seattle Times about Trump’s opioid crisis decision, “The problem is too overwhelming without increased support at the federal level. Had the president actually declared a national emergency, we would be better equipped to do more, right now.”

Lets Open Up About Addiction and Recovery

The New York Times

Lets Open Up About Addiction and Recovery

“According to Facing Addiction, one in three American households have a family member in active addiction, in recovery, or lost to an overdose.”Battling stigma is one of the many pillars to defeating addiction. By supporting those in recovery to speak up about their journey, one may inspire another to begin theirs to recovery.

Trump’s Promises Will Make the Opioid Problem Worse

The Stranger

Trump’s Promises Will Make the Opioid Problem Worse

“Had he declared a national emergency rather than a public health emergency, it would have immediately released federal money, which would have gone to drug treatment programs like King County’s Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS).”

Judge rules in favor of safe injection sites; blocks I-27 from getting on the ballot

Q13

Judge rules in favor of safe injection sites; blocks I-27 from getting on the ballot

At Evergreen Treatment Services we support safe injection sites. Public policy should be formed from data not stigma. “…safe injection sites, which would be supervised, could save addicts from overdosing while protecting the public from used needles.” Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea Galvan ruled that Initiative 27 – which bans safe injection sites – extends beyond the scope of the initiative power.

How to Win a War on Drugs

New York Times

How to Win a War on Drugs

In the midst of the opioid epidemic, the U.S. should look across the pond for strategies.  “Portugal undertook a monumental experiment: It decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001, even heroin and cocaine, and unleashed a major public health campaign to tackle addiction. Ever since in Portugal, drug addiction has been treated more as a medical challenge than as a criminal justice issue.” Portugal boasts the lowest drug-induced deaths statistics in Western Europe, a fraction of the 312 deaths per million people in the U.S., ages 15-64.

Doctors from Lower-Tier Medical Schools Prescribe Far More Opioids

Healthline

Doctors from Lower-Tier Medical Schools Prescribe Far More Opioids

In a new study, researchers found that a doctor’s medical school education may shape their opioid prescribing habits. Research compiled by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that doctors who studied at low-ranking medical schools prescribed 3x more opioids than those who studied at Harvard.

backers of safe drug injection sites sue to block a public vote in king county

Seattle Times

backers of safe drug injection sites sue to block a public vote in king county

A lawsuit has been filed to overthrow I-27, which seeks to ban safe injection sites. The lawsuit purports that citizens do not have the right to weigh scientific evidence on a multi-faceted public health issue at the ballot box. “I-27 would set a dangerous precedent for public health. Supervised Consumption Spaces are an essential tool in fighting the opiate epidemic,” Dr. Bob Wood, former director of the HIV/AIDS Program at Public Health-Seattle & King County.

ETS Executive Director Molly Carney in the Puget Sound Business Journal

Puget Sound Business Journal

ETS Executive Director Molly Carney in the Puget Sound Business Journal

“Molly Carney and her team hope every day that their hard work is saving people’s lives.

Carney is executive director of Evergreen Treatment Services, a nonprofit that offers medication-assisted treatment for adults with opioid use disorders and operates the Reach team, which provides street-based case management and outreach services to more than 1,000 homeless adults with substance-use disorders in the greater Seattle area each year. Carney joined ETS in 2013 and has grown the treatment side of the organization from two clinics serving 1,400 adults a year in Washington to four clinics serving 3,000.”

Read the full interview by PSBJ’s Coral Garnick.

Don’t blame addicts for America’s opioid crisis. Here are the real culprits.

The Guardian

Don’t blame addicts for America’s opioid crisis. Here are the real culprits.

Rather than solely blame the victims of the opioid crisis, skeptics should look at the doctors, pharmacists, and politicians that allowed opioids to be disbursed at such an alarming rate. “This is an almost uniquely American crisis driven in good part by particular American issues from the influence of drug companies over medical policy to a “pill for every ill” culture.

Report: King County breaks record in drug deaths

KOMO News

Report: King County breaks record in drug deaths

“[The opioid epidemic] is a public health issue, with a very effective intervention,” ETS’s Molly Carney reacts on KOMO News to a recent University of Washington study showing a record number of drug-related deaths in 2016.

For heroin and other opioid addiction, the medication-assisted treatment that ETS provides has been proven to reduce overdose.

Short answers to hard question about the opioid crisis

New York Times

Short answers to hard question about the opioid crisis

The opioid crisis is the worst drug crisis in the U.S. ever. How did we get here? Policymakers and the medical community must push agenda to reform how Americans view the opioid crisis.

Opioid commission tells Trump to declare state of emergency

CNN

Opioid commission tells Trump to declare state of emergency

The White House panel doing research on the opioid epidemic suggests Trump declare a state of emergency. “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.” Since 1999, the amount of overdoses in the U.S. has quadrupled.

The hard truths about Seattle’s new homeless fix

Crosscut

The hard truths about Seattle’s new homeless fix

“For every person who moves into a freshly minted affordable apartment, another one or two fall out.” This is the reality of the homelessness crisis in the Greater Seattle Area. In recent years, Seattle and King County have tried to fund affordable housing initiatives.”Despite the large investments, publicly subsidized affordable housing has not kept up. Which is where private-market landlords come into the picture.”

How Medicaid cuts could exacerbate the opioid epidemic

The Atlantic

How Medicaid cuts could exacerbate the opioid epidemic

GOP lawmakers looking to repeal the Affordable Care Act face resistance from members in their party who come from regions hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. Medicaid currently pays for about 25 percent of all substance use treatment.

This CDC map shows which areas have the highest rate of opioid painkiller prescriptions

Fast Company

This CDC map shows which areas have the highest rate of opioid painkiller prescriptions

This map from the C.D.C. shows which counties have the highest opioid prescription rates. “The opioid prescription rate is not evenly distributed. […] Large swaths of the country had significantly higher rates of opioid prescriptions per capita in 2015, with particular hot spots being Northern California, Southern Nevada, Western Maine, and Tennessee.”

Opioid prescriptions fall after 2010 peak, C.D.C. report finds

New York Times

Opioid prescriptions fall after 2010 peak, C.D.C. report finds

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new opioid prescribing trend analysis shows that while the amount of opioids prescibed overall has dropped 18 percent between 2010 and 2015, the prescribing rate is still three times as high as the rate in 1999.

Opioids As The New Big Tobacco

NPR

Opioids As The New Big Tobacco

Parallels in misleading marketing and downplayed health risks between today’s prescription opioid market and the 1990 tobacco industry are evident, according to NPR.

What Medicaid Cuts Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic

NPR

What Medicaid Cuts Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Lynn Cooper, director of the Drug and Alcohol Division at Pennsylvania’s Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, about the Senate GOP healthcare bill.

Washington Opioid Summit Highlights Medication-Assisted Treatment, Stigma

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

Vox

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.”

Trump’s budget dismays families hit by drug addiction crisis

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.

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

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.

Inside the opioid epidemic

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.

PUBLIC RESTROOMS BECOME GROUND ZERO IN THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

NPR

PUBLIC RESTROOMS BECOME GROUND ZERO IN THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

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.

What’s One Way to Prevent Overdoses?

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 Opioid Epidemic, the Border Wall, and Magical Thinking

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.”

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

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.”

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

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.

LET’S GO FOR A WIN ON OPIOIDS

New York Times

LET’S GO FOR A WIN ON OPIOIDS

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

KOMO News

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.

THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS THIS GENERATION’S AIDS CRISIS

New York Magazine

THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS THIS GENERATION’S AIDS CRISIS

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.

City Inside/Out: Heroin Help

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

OZY

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.

Seattle, King County Plan Safe-Injection Sites

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.

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

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

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

KTBC

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

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.