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By Madeline Coats
Editor, Mill Creek Beacon 

Overdose awareness events in Snohomish County

Public events for those struggling with opioid addiction

 

September 6, 2019

Photo courtesy of Heather Thomas

Webbly, the AquaSox mascot, helped support opioid overdose awareness by sharing resources with fans at the game on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Funko Field.

Thousands in Snohomish County struggle with opioid use disorder, and too many are lost to overdose. More than 100 people in Snohomish County died of overdoses in 2018.

Overdose is preventable and recovery is possible. Education and treatment play a crucial role in reducing stigma and saving lives.

The Snohomish Health District recently hosted two events aimed at providing people with information and resources about opioids. Another shared goal of the events was to reduce stigma around opioid-related deaths.

Overdose Prevention Night at the Everett AquaSox and A Night to Remember, A Time to Act were both successful is sharing resources and tips for ways to avoid opioid overdose.

The Aquasox played the Vancouver Canadians on the same day as International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention received a grant from the Washington State Department of Health.

In addition to special messages during the game, the concourse featured tables with information about opioids and resources in Snohomish County. The information included the "10 Things to Know About Opioids" campaign developed by the Snohomish County Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination "MAC" Group.

"We received a check from Narcotics Anonymous, who raised money themselves and presented the Health District with funds to continue community outreach efforts," said Heather Thomas, Public and Government Affairs Manager for the Snohomish Health District.

"A Night to Remember, A Time to Act" was held at the Snohomish County Campus on Sept. 5 in memory of Corey Lee and Spencer Warfield, who lost their lives to opioid addiction.

The event included a vigil for the two men and a resource fair. Speakers included representatives from Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP), AIDS Outreach Project/Snohomish County Syringe Exchange, HOPE Movement/Hope Soldiers, and the Snohomish Health District. Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Sheriff Ty Trenary also spoke.

"This year, we are focusing on recovery and harm reduction. These are things we were not aware of during our struggles," said Cathi Lee and Debbie Warfield.

The Snohomish County band Superfekta performed at both the AquaSox game and the vigil. The band shared a message about beating addiction with songs about the support group that became their safety net.

 

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