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Sheriff Trenary’s Response to Governor’s Opioid Executive Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 7, 2016

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
shari.ireton@snoco.org, 425-388-3377, Media line:  425-249-6263

EVERETT, WASH. – Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary’s response to Executive Order 16-09, issued by Washington state Governor Jay Inslee today:

Thank you, Governor Inslee, for taking a stand in the fight against the opioid epidemic.  What has long been seen as a public health issue is finally being recognized for what it is:  a crisis in public health AND public safety.  I’m optimistic that this executive order is a step towards finding solutions to reduce opioid misuse and prevent future overdoses, as well as expand the number of treatment options for the citizens of Snohomish County.

With a population of 750,000 residents, Snohomish County has about 10% of the state’s population – and 20% of the overdose deaths in the state.  This epidemic has changed the way the Sheriff’s Office provides police and jail services in our county, from treating inmates for heroin withdrawal to battling property crime.  Governor Inslee and I agree that we can’t arrest our way out of this problem, and I look forward to partnering with his office in the joint effort to save lives and improve the safety and livability of our communities.

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