Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force
To confront the region’s growing heroin and opioid epidemic, the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force recommends a comprehensive strategy that focuses on prevention, increasing access to treatment on demand and reducing the number of fatal overdoses.
King County, like many places across the country, is seeing sharp increases in the use and abuse of heroin and prescription opiates.The rate of addiction is high and availability of treatment has not kept pace with the need.
On March 1,2016, King County Executive Dow Constantine hosted a news conference to announce the formation of a heroin and prescription opiate addiction task force. Serving as co-conveners of the task force were Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, and Renton Mayor Denis Law. King County Sheriff John Urquhart also participated in the news conference, along with community leaders on the front lines in the fight to reduce opiate addiction, overdose and deaths.
Task Force meetings took place over a period of six months and their efforts included hosting a well-attended community meeting in Renton in May 2016 to gather public input to inform their recommendations. Their final report and recommendations were provided to the conveners in September 2016.
The Task Force is continuing to meet, both as a body and in small subcommittees to move the recommendations forward in 2017.
Watch the Facebook Live Q&A session about supervised consumption sites hosted by task force co-chairs Dr. Jeff Duchin and Brad Finegood on June 9.
Download the task force's full report.Download (PDF) If the document does not open in your browser, right-click and "Save as".
Download a printable PDF version of all four infographics together: Download (PDF)
Continuum of Care for Opioid Misuse, University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (April 2016)
WA State Interagency Opioid Working Plan (Jan. 2016)
Heroin Task Force Report, Public Health-Seattle & King County (Aug. 2001)
King County Board of Health endorsement - Jan. 19, 2017
King County Board of Health meeting - Oct. 20, 2016
Seattle City Council briefing - Oct. 3, 2016
Heroin & Opioid Addiction Task Force Recommendations - Sept. 15, 2016 press conference
Friday, April 22, 2016 Agenda Meeting Summary
- Task Force Work Plan (final)
- Task Force Work Group Member List
- Equity and Social Justice charge
- Secure Medicine Return Overview
- Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC) Public Consumption Report and Recommendations
- News release: Seattle CPC Public Consumption Report
- Safe Consumption Facilities: Evidence and Models
- Safe Consumption Facilities: Recommended Reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Community Conversation on Heroin and Opiate Addiction
Friday, July 29, 2016, 1-4 p.m., Seattle City Hall, Bertha K. Landis Room
Friday, Aug, 26, 2016 (cancelled)
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, 1-4 p.m., Seattle City Hall, Bertha K. Landis Room Agenda