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A paramedic was skeptical about this treatment for stopping repeat opioid overdoses. Then he saw it help

April 7, 2024, 5:44am Health

Fire Capt. Jesse Blaire steered his SUV through the mobile home park until he spotted the little beige house with white trim and radioed to let dispatchers know he’d arrived. Read story

FILE - Packets of buprenorphine, a drug used to control heroin and opioid cravings, are shown in Greenfield, Mass., July 23, 2018. As the Oregon Legislature considers overhauling the state's pioneering drug decriminalization law, a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing for more funding for medications used to treat opioid addiction in jails.

Fentanyl crisis descends on jail in a small WA town short on treatment

FILE - Packets of buprenorphine, a drug used to control heroin and opioid cravings, are shown in Greenfield, Mass., July 23, 2018. As the Oregon Legislature considers overhauling the state's pioneering drug decriminalization law, a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing for more funding for medications used to treat opioid addiction in jails.

April 1, 2024, 6:07am Editor's Choice

When he was growing up, Ivan Howtopat dreamed of being a famous skateboarder. Playing college basketball. Buying his mom a house. Read story

A container of Narcan, or naloxone, sits on tree roots at a longstanding homeless encampment.

Southwest Washington cities OK interlocal agreement to form opioid abatement council

A container of Narcan, or naloxone, sits on tree roots at a longstanding homeless encampment.

March 27, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Health

The city of Vancouver will soon be able to tap into opioid settlement funds to help fight Southwest Washington’s opioid crisis. Read story

Battle Ground police Sgt. Richard Kelly died from a fentanyl and methamphetamine overdose. The office ruled his death an accident.

Battle Ground police Sgt. Richard Kelly confiscated illicit drugs hours before overdosing, says report

Battle Ground police Sgt. Richard Kelly died from a fentanyl and methamphetamine overdose. The office ruled his death an accident.

March 27, 2024, 6:05am Clark County News

Battle Ground police Sgt. Richard Kelly confiscated illicit drugs hours before he suffered a fatal overdose in his office, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office found. Read story

A vending machine in the lobby of the Clark County Jail offers free opioid overdose reversal medication.

Clark County Jail gains naloxone vending machine

A vending machine in the lobby of the Clark County Jail offers free opioid overdose reversal medication.

March 26, 2024, 6:07am Clark County Health

Clark County Jail Services and its partners have installed a naloxone vending machine in the jail’s public lobby. Read story

FILE - Fake pill bottles with messages about OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma are displayed during a protest outside the courthouse where the bankruptcy of the company is taking place in White Plains, N.Y., on Aug. 9, 2021. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said more than $100 million in opioid settlement money has been directed to cities and counties in Washington, including more than $33 million to Clark County.

Clark County governments to receive combined $33 million from opioid litigations

FILE - Fake pill bottles with messages about OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma are displayed during a protest outside the courthouse where the bankruptcy of the company is taking place in White Plains, N.Y., on Aug. 9, 2021. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said more than $100 million in opioid settlement money has been directed to cities and counties in Washington, including more than $33 million to Clark County.

March 20, 2024, 6:18pm Clark County Health

Local governments in Clark County and across Washington received a combined $55 million to combat the opioid epidemic. The money comes from litigation resolutions between the state and opioid distributors, manufacturers and national pharmacy chains. Read story

A container of Narcan, or naloxone, sits on tree roots at a longstanding homeless encampment.

Washington Gov. Inslee signs fentanyl bill sending money to disproportionately affected tribes

A container of Narcan, or naloxone, sits on tree roots at a longstanding homeless encampment.

March 20, 2024, 3:25pm Health

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a multimillion-dollar measure to send state money to tribes and Indigenous people in the state who die from opioid overdoses at disproportionately high rates in Washington. Read story

Kenneth Otten, center, a community liaison with XChange Recovery Services, greets guests at an educational night for families and residents impacted by substance use at Living Hope Church.

‘The idea is to support families’: XChange Recovery event connects those touched by addiction with resources

Kenneth Otten, center, a community liaison with XChange Recovery Services, greets guests at an educational night for families and residents impacted by substance use at Living Hope Church.

February 1, 2024, 2:27pm Clark County Health

Community members, advocates and health professionals met under a canopy of lights Wednesday at Living Hope Church for XChange Recovery’s Community Education Night. Read story

A box of Narcan sits in the Savage Sisters' community outreach storefront in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Wednesday, May 24, 2023. Generically known as Naloxone, the medication used revive people who have stopped breathing, doesn't reverse the effects of xylazine. Philadelphia officials stress that naloxone should still be administered in all cases of suspected overdose, since xylazine is almost always found in combination with fentanyl.

WA Senate approves requirement for all public schools to have naloxone on hand

A box of Narcan sits in the Savage Sisters' community outreach storefront in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Wednesday, May 24, 2023. Generically known as Naloxone, the medication used revive people who have stopped breathing, doesn't reverse the effects of xylazine. Philadelphia officials stress that naloxone should still be administered in all cases of suspected overdose, since xylazine is almost always found in combination with fentanyl.

February 1, 2024, 2:21pm Health

Washington moved a step closer Thursday to requiring all public, charter and tribal schools in the state to stock medication that can reverse opioid overdoses. Read story

Snohomish County Human Services Opioid Outreach Specialist Amy Wheat talks about Narcan at the Everett Public Library Evergreen Branch in Everett, Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.

WA’s opioid epidemic and the state’s effort to fight it, by the numbers

Snohomish County Human Services Opioid Outreach Specialist Amy Wheat talks about Narcan at the Everett Public Library Evergreen Branch in Everett, Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.

January 30, 2024, 7:41am Health

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday asked state health and social services officials to update him on the opioid and overdose epidemic in Washington. Read story