Sequim has a long heritage rooted in pioneer ancestry and, before that, indigenous culture. Modern Sequim blends these roots beautifully in a friendly and symbiotic relationship between people, culture, and the surrounding environment.
Due to its demographics, Sequim has largely been spared the opioid crisis that has ravaged our Nation and even Clallam County. In 2016, at the height of the crisis, federal analysis of Washington State showed Sequim to be a Non-Optimal area to expand opioid treatment programs.
Shouldn't we make this easy?
Where IS the best location for treatment?
As recently as June 2019, Sequim experienced only 9% of the opioid overdoses in Clallam County.
But a whopping 91% of overdoses occurred in the western regions, which include Port Angeles and Forks--a town made famous by the Twilight series of books and movies.
And yet the proposed facility suggests transporting people from these distant locations into Sequim daily, when local clinics would serve them better.
It seems coldly capitalistic and cruel to add this long and unnecessary daily commute to a suffering addict's life. This person's condition may already be fragile and full of hardship, and many do not have a reliable vehicle.
Daily medication is necessary to relieve the excruciating withdrawals from heroin, fentanyl, or other prescription opioids. For many, their future depends on it.
The option of keeping treatments local has not been seriously considered. Why? Some would require up to a two-hour daily commute or more! Sequim is the wrong location for a new REGIONAL Opioid Treatment Center serving these communities.