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FILE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee makes remarks before signing several bills in Washington, Thursday, April 27, 2023. Inslee has tested positive for COVID-19 for the third time. Inslee's office said in a statement Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, that he had tested positive and was experiencing very mild symptoms, including a cough.

Gov. Inslee to seek $50M more toward opioid education, treatment in Washington

FILE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee makes remarks before signing several bills in Washington, Thursday, April 27, 2023. Inslee has tested positive for COVID-19 for the third time. Inslee's office said in a statement Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, that he had tested positive and was experiencing very mild symptoms, including a cough.

December 5, 2023, 7:43am Health

Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday he will ask for an additional $50 million in the current state budget to fight the opioid crisis. Read story

Clark, Cowlitz counties get $800K grant to aid in opioid programs

October 12, 2023, 6:05am Clark County Health

Clark and Cowlitz counties have been awarded an $800,000 grant from the federal government to support employment and training for those affected by opioid use, addiction and overdose. 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.

New study suggests looser WA drug laws do not mean more overdose deaths

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.

September 28, 2023, 7:38am Health

As drug overdoses continue to claim lives and policymakers at all levels try to address the problem, new research examining Washington and Oregon suggests there isn’t a link between decriminalizing drug possession and a rise in fatal overdoses. Read story

Some of the items are displayed in a new vending machine in Brooklyn that will disperse fentanyl test strips and naloxone as well as hygiene kits, maxi pads, Vitamin C, and COVID-19 tests for free on June 5, 2023, in New York City.

WA doctors detail pros, cons of fentanyl addiction treatment methods

Some of the items are displayed in a new vending machine in Brooklyn that will disperse fentanyl test strips and naloxone as well as hygiene kits, maxi pads, Vitamin C, and COVID-19 tests for free on June 5, 2023, in New York City.

July 30, 2023, 5:45am Health

There was a time, not long ago, when doctors had national protocols for using a leading opioid treatment drug. Read story

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Cantwell holds fentanyl roundtable as WA becomes overdose epicenter

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July 25, 2023, 7:30am Health

Why is Washington the epicenter of the fentanyl crisis? Read story

FILE - This May 10, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of fentanyl test strips in New York. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky has made gains in battling the drug epidemic. The governor pointed to efforts in "breaking down the stigma" to reach out for treatment. His comments came Thursday, June 15, 2023 while he released statistics showing overdose fatalities declined but remain high.

Washington schools try to catch up on warning students about fentanyl

FILE - This May 10, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of fentanyl test strips in New York. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky has made gains in battling the drug epidemic. The governor pointed to efforts in "breaking down the stigma" to reach out for treatment. His comments came Thursday, June 15, 2023 while he released statistics showing overdose fatalities declined but remain high.

July 2, 2023, 6:02am Health

When Dillon Hill took a small pill that he thought was Percocet, but was actually Tylenol laced with fentanyl, he felt like he was sitting by a warm fire on a winter night, wrapped in a blanket, sipping hot cocoa. Read story

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Clark County and its cities to gain $27 million in opioid crisis settlement

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June 19, 2023, 2:53pm Clark County Health

Clark County and four of its cities are receiving more than $27 million to fight against opioids, after the state won a settlement against drug companies. Read story

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Washington to get over $370 million from lawsuit resolutions to fight opioid addiction

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

June 13, 2023, 7:38am Health

The state of Washington will get $371.8 million to fight opioid addiction after resolving a lawsuit against opioid producing and selling companies, the state Attorney General’s Office announced Monday. Read story

FILE - The overdose-reversal drug Narcan is displayed during training for employees of the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), Dec. 4, 2018, in Philadelphia.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved selling overdose antidote naloxone over-the-counter, Wednesday, March 29, 2023, marking the first time a opioid treatment drug will be available without a prescription.

Washington has upped efforts to get naloxone into communities. Is it enough?

FILE - The overdose-reversal drug Narcan is displayed during training for employees of the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), Dec. 4, 2018, in Philadelphia.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved selling overdose antidote naloxone over-the-counter, Wednesday, March 29, 2023, marking the first time a opioid treatment drug will be available without a prescription.

June 4, 2023, 12:46pm Health

As nationwide rates of fentanyl overdoses have grown into a public health crisis, experts have pointed to naloxone as a way to save lives. But years after Washington doubled down on efforts to get the medication into communities, the hunt for the drug remains often burdened with obstacles. Read story

Juliey Parker works as the kitchen manager at Recovery Cafe Clark County, where she started as a member, then a volunteer.

Working in Clark County: Juliey Parker, Kitchen Manager at the Recovery Cafe

Juliey Parker works as the kitchen manager at Recovery Cafe Clark County, where she started as a member, then a volunteer.

April 26, 2023, 6:05am Business

During hard times, it’s easy to feel as though things will never get better. But positive change can start with something as simple as an understanding ear and a warm meal. Read story