AG Ferguson to hold summit on opioid epidemic with WSP, prosecutors

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The summit will be held at the UW
In 2015, more Washingtonians died from opioid overdoses than car accidents

Attorney General Bob Ferguson will hold a two-day summit in June on the opioid epidemic, convening law enforcement, medical professionals, prosecutors and public health experts.

“Opioids are devastating Washington families and communities, and overwhelming our safety nets,” Ferguson said. “This summit will bring together key stakeholders to identify next steps and solutions to this epidemic.”

The summit, scheduled for June 15 and 16 at the University of Washington, is free and open to the public. Those interested should register online. The session are free. Campus map here

  • Kane Hall: 8am-5pm, Thursday, Jun 15, 2017
  • Husky Union Building: 8:30am-12pm, Friday, Jun 16, 2017

Speakers include Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. Multiple sessions will share best practices from around the country, from drug monitoring to health care fraud field operations.

The Attorney General’s Office planned the summit in partnership with the Washington State Patrol and the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. On October 7, 2016, Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order requesting that the AGO, along with law enforcement and community partners, develop and recommend strategies to reduce the supply of illegal opioids in Washington state.

In 2015, 718 Washingtonians died from opioid overdose, more than from car accidents. The majority of drug overdose deaths — more than six out of ten — involve an opioid.

The opioid epidemic has impacted Washington unlike any other state in the region. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington is the only Western state to see a statistically significant increase in drug overdose death rates between 2014 and 2015.

Nationwide, 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids for chronic pain in primary care settings struggle with addiction.

For more information on the upcoming opioid summit, contact Kelly Richburg


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