We advocate for the responsible and accessible placement of Opioid Treatment Centers, with a balanced attention toward broad social impact.
SOS favors a local approach to drug treatment rather than a regional one. Local communities can better care for people in a local setting, rather than build an ever-growing population of drug treatment commuters. People in need of treatment are better served near their homes and jobs too! It will cause less disruption to their already fragile lives.
Quality of life and access to care are not mutually exclusive. The past success in Sequim has already demonstrated this fact. A major policy change is unwarranted, especially one driven by a profit motive.
Right-sized drug treatment options strategically placed are a sensible approach. A Regional MEGA facility irresponsibly located in the retail core of Sequim is not. It's a misguided approach fraught with dangerous consequences.
Our concerns include impact to both the local community and the recovery community as connected, compassionate and integrated members of society.
Save Our Sequim observes a disconnect in public policy that has taken
a one-sided approach to this crisis.
Through research and education we hope to bring these concerns to light and foster a
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Can we find a balance?
Sequim is a small town of 7,481 people on the north shore of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. As a quiet retirement community with a median age 49% above the WA state average, Sequim is home to the world-famous annual Lavender Festival and a thriving tourism industry. Sequim is also a rural farming community with deep pioneer roots. Many of the same families who founded this town have lived here for generations.
Our small and well-integrated Recovery Community currently has easy and abundant access to a variety of care focused on addiction treatment. Local clinics offer Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), counseling and outpatient services which boast an incredibly high 70-80% rate of success! We frequently monitor these facilities to ensure ongoing availability to treatment. We encourage this local approach to Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment which has a proven track record. We do NOT endorse an enormous Regional center recently proposed which would uproot this working system of care already in place.
Save Our Sequim is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation.
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We are a nonpolitical organization and do not endorse or support candidates, ballot initiatives or referendums.
Contact us at - Phone 360-582-6379
The Struggle Between Power and Balance
In an unfortunate turn of events, public officials in concert with a local Tribal Developer propose to place a +17,000 square foot Regional Opioid Treatment Center in the heart of tiny Sequim. This facility would bring daily commuters into Sequim for drug treatment in a number exceeding 5% of the city's population. Collected from a vast 4,000 square mile service area, some drivers will travel 1-2 hours each way for their daily dose of methadone or buprenorphine.
This is not a viable solution for local OR regional SUD care needs.
Local care would better serve ALL recovering addicts near their homes and work
Potential exists to increase OR establish new local providers if necessary
Currently, the existing local capacity far exceeds need throughout the service area.
What's more, the Developer has plans to expand this facility in Phase II by an additional 10,000 square feet with added capacity that is not warranted. Phase II will also include a 25,000 square foot inpatient psychological hospital and detox center! This kind of project is better suited near a hospital - The nearby city of Port Angeles seems a fantastic location choice for this needed facility, near an established hospital and close to emergency services. Not in a small rural town with limited public services and NO hospital or emergency room.
Local officials will not even consider an appropriate impact study to evaluate the most reasonable approach. What are they hiding? What are they afraid of? More important, who's side are they on? This kind of study should be required whenever high impact public services are proposed. Please consider supporting Save Our Sequim as we press for a sensible solution to this issue. Legal costs have already topped $100,000. Will you please consider a donation?