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Snohomish Health District is the local public health agency for Snohomish County in Washington state. Our news releases are a resource for current public health information for media, the public, policymakers, and other community partners.

News releases are sent to print and electronic media as needed. We also share relevant media releases from the Department of Health and other public health agencies.

 

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Heroin deaths at epidemic levels in Snohomish County

New report highlights need for coordinated efforts to disrupt supply and prevent overdoses

Jan. 27, 2015 - SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. Heroin and prescription opioid usage in our county is a serious problem. From 2011 to 2013, approximately one out of every five heroin deaths in the state occurred in Snohomish County, a county with only one-tenth of the total population in Washington. In 2013 alone, heroin and prescription opioid overdoses represented two-thirds of the 130 accidental overdose deaths in the county.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (10)/Comments (0)/
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Free adult vaccination clinics, Jan. 10 & 14

Shots for low-income and uninsured adults only – first come, first served

Jan. 6, 2015 - SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Uninsured and low-income adults can take advantage of two upcoming vaccination clinics for flu, whooping cough, and pneumonia in Everett, Wash. Thanks to sponsorships from the Snohomish Health District, Walgreens, South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club, Medical Reserve Corps, XFINITY Arena, The Daily Herald, and WorkSource, these clinics are both free.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (95)/Comments (0)/
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Naloxone kits now available in Snohomish County

Potentially lifesaving drug

Nov. 17, 2014 - SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – In 2013 there were 86 opioid drug overdoses in Snohomish County, and 580 within Washington State. The availability of naloxone (sold under the brand name Narcan) could potentially cut down on deaths due to heroin and prescription opioid drugs (morphine, oxycodone/OxyContin, methadone, hydrocodone/Vicodin, and codeine). The Washington State 911 Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Law lets bystanders give naloxone if they suspect an overdose. This law protects the victim and those helping from prosecution for drug possession. Washington State law states that anyone at risk for having or witnessing a drug overdose can obtain an overdose reversal kit (containing naloxone). This would include drug users, family, and friends. Naloxone cannot be used to get high and is not addictive. Read More >>
Monday, November 17, 2014/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (371)/Comments (0)/
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Health District Honors Healthy Programs & Policies

Arlington City Council to receive award

Oct. 29, 2014 - SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. –The Arlington City Council will be honored with a Healthy Communities Award from Snohomish Health District on the evening of November 3rd at the City Council meeting. The award is presented to honor organizations that have adopted health promotion programs or policies that support healthy choices for the populations they serve or employ.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (436)/Comments (0)/
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Comment on local smoking code proposal

Formal Comment Period Begins October 15

Oct. 14, 2014, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - Snohomish Health District is currently seeking public comment on a proposal to adopt and amend the state Smoking in Public Places law (SIPP). The Snohomish Health District proposes adding language to the local code to make it clear that the law applies to marijuana and hookah smoking, as well as to pipes, cigars, and cigarettes.  The first reading will take place at the next Snohomish Health District Board of Health meeting on October 14, 2014 at 3 pm in the first floor auditorium at 3020 Rucker Ave, Everett.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (186)/Comments (0)/
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