The most recent and relevant study from the Washington State Department of Health Services.

While much effort has gone into improving the state of our addict population, this report shows we still face many challenges with this group. We ignore these facts at our peril:

  • 48% Housing Challenged

  • 51% Fall out of treatment by 6 months

  • 45% Continue to use drugs while IN treatment

  • 18% Continue to use opioids while IN treatment

  • 10% Use IV opioids while IN treatment

  • 13% Currently involved with criminal Justice system

 We believe there is a way to address this crisis without detrimental impact to small towns like Sequim.

The 2017 Syringe Exchange Survey contains important information detailing the practices and inherent risks faced by this population of drug users. Sequim is ill-equipped to manage:

  • 64% of first-time drug injectors were under 25 years old, 85% under 35 years old

  • 56% report they have no legal income 

  • 69% do not have permanent housing

  • 78% Used more than one drug in past 3 mo. e.g. heroin, methamphetamines, benzodiazapines

  • Only 55% of heroin users and 47% meth users were "very interested" in addiction treatment

  • 56% utilized ER or urgent care and 58% utilized hospital or clinic in past 12 months

 Drug injecting disproportionately attracts our youth. Injectors use more than one kind of drug, even       combining multiple dangerous drugs at once. Healthcare limitations in Sequim cannot serve this need. 

The attached map of Washington shows Sequim as a "Non-Optimal" area  for placing additional opioid treatment facilities. Yet local policy makers appear to disregard this classification. 

"The purpose of the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) facility maps is to identify areas on a state-by-state basis that may be potentially underserved by existing treatment facilities. "

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 These Essential Public Facilities should be placed where there is a demonstrated need 

Sequim is an inappropriate location for a Regionally focused opioid treatment facility. Until community leaders realistically address the challenging aspects of this proposal, there is no reason citizens should place confidence in the policies they impose. Dr Allison Unthank, Clallam County Health Director presented her views in a public session on Sept. 24, 2019. This document serves as a rebuttal to her positions and also offers two possible solutions.

 Painting an unrealistic, rosy picture of the opioid problem does not address the communities concerns