For decades, the opioid epidemic has caused unimaginable pain and suffering in communities across the United States and around the world. In 2020 alone, nearly 75% of all drug overdose deaths nationwide involved an opioid. And, as many of our neighbors already know, Snohomish County has been no exception. Here, opioid overdoses are at an all-time high with 1-2 occurring every day. In fact, the number of overdose deaths in Snohomish County more than doubled between 2017 and 2022.
At Verdant Health, we recognize that addiction does not happen in isolation. There are many contributing factors that lead someone to develop a substance use disorder, including cooccurring mental health issues. That is why we have funded essential community programs such as Evergreen Recovery Centers and Sound Pathways, organizations working to provide recovery support for those struggling with addiction. Verdant Health Commission also works to address the auxiliary issues that can be caused by addiction, such as homelessness. Through funding programs such as the Hygiene Center as well as the Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Mountlake Terrace food banks, we help houseless residents of Snohomish County meet their basic needs such as food and showers.
Verdant Health also knows that quick responses and access to the appropriate medication can save lives. In 2022, we partnered with Community Health Plan of Washington and Snohomish County, to provide 195 residents Narcan training and take-home NARCAN kits.
Snohomish County to provide Narcan training and kits to 195 residents. We also recently awarded a $10,000 grant to South County Fire, funds that will support training for 400 individuals and provide 200 households with Narcan kits. This work will ensure that those who are supporting a loved one with addiction have the support and resources they need.
No one needs to face addiction alone. If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid use, please visit https://snohomishoverdoseprevention.com to learn more and find support.