This March, a high profile task force was formed to address the growing heroin crisis in our region. Experts from different backgrounds including public health, veterans, and substance abuse experts took part. Their recommendations focused on prevention and increasing access to treatment on demand.

Brad Finegood, Co-Chair of the King County Heroin and Opiate Addiction Task Force, and Mike Hilley, Medical Services Administrator with the Redmond Fire Department explain what that means and discuss a couple of pilot programs to help address the heroin epidemic. This included the use of naloxone (Narcan) as a way for paramedics and law enforcement officers to treat heroin overdoses at the scene, as well as supervised community health engagement locations.

To download and read the task force's full report, click HERE.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force and its mission.

Here are other resources for addiction and recovery help:

Washington Recovery Help Line: 1-866-789-1511 (24 hour help for substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental health issues). CLICK HERE to visit their website

CLICK HERE to access the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services - Substance Abuse Treatment Services

CLICK HERE to find a NAR-ANON meeting in your area