Major announcement coming about Snohomish County opioid crisis
November 18, 2017
(EVERETT, WA.) -- Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary and Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Mark Beatty will make a major announcement Monday Nov. 20th regarding a new multi-agency response to the local opioid epidemic, according to a statement from Somers' office.
Republican Congressman Paul Morino of Pennsylvania. Photo: official House Republicans head shot.
Snohomish County leaders have been collaborating with partners and stakeholders over the last few months to develop a coordinated strategy necessary to address the drug crisis.
On Monday during the noon hour they'll unveil a new approach to tackling the epidemic in Snohomish County, as well as the goals and objectives for the next 12 months.
The announcement will be made at 12:30 pm Monday in the Bob Drewel Building on the Snohomish County Campus, Meeting Room #2.
The county campus is located at 3000 Rockefeller , Everett, WA 98201.
America's Opioid Epidemic
America as a whole is in the grips of this opioid crisis with some health officials and news reports calling it the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history.
A major news report last month produced a new angle to the epidemic. A joint investigation by the Washington post and CBS News claims that in April 2016:
"At the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets.
By then, the opioid war had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three times the number of U.S. military deaths in the Vietnam War. Overdose deaths continue to rise. There is no end in sight," read the opening lines of the Post report.
Both news agencies claim their probe of the opioid epidemic shows:
......That just a "handful" of members of Congress, allied (in cahoots with?) with the nation’s major drug distributors "prevailed upon" the DEA and the Justice Department to essentially give up the farm and agree to "a more industry-friendly law" which then undermined the efforts of those leaders at the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to even stem, let alone stop the flow of hard core narcotic pain pills.
......And the new "industry friendly law," signed by President Obama after it sailed through Congress with nary a whimper, had been opposed by the DEA for years before.
.......That industry friendly law was the result of a full court press, a long game..."a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry" designed specifically to weaken the DEA's aggressive enforcement efforts against "drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market. "
.......The investigation found that the drug industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns. (Emphasis ours)
.......And just who was the chief advocate of this new industry friendly law? None other, says the joint investigation than Republican Congressman Paul Marino, who until recently was President Trump's nominee to become "the nation's next drug czar."
On October 17th President Trump said Marino had withdrawn his name from consideration for the job of "drug czar."
That announcement followed public outrage and shock after the CBS News-Washington Post articles were broadcast/published. In a tweet Trump called Marino " a fine man and a great Congressman!"
Health officials say the American opioid epidemic could kill 500,000 Americans in the next decade.
More on the Marino story can be found here .