County Executive extends activation of emergency system to address opioid crisis

County Executive Dave Somers

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers on Thursday announced he has signed a directive to extend activation of the emergency management system to address the opioid crisis. By signing the directive, the Snohomish County Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination Group [MAC Group] will continue its work to reduce overdose deaths and other negative impacts in the community.

“By getting all of our partners in one room, we are able to break down organizational silos and more effectively organize ourselves for the many challenges of the opioid epidemic,” Somers said. “The past year has shown that we can be more efficient and effective when working in collaboration. The activation of our emergency management system has been a key innovation in the fight against opioid abuse and overdose.”

Stephanie Wright, Chair of the Snohomish County Council, said the county is “seeing positive results from the county-wide effort to help those suffering from substance abuse and the negative impacts it has on our community.

“This collaboration has been an effective way to line up county resources with common objectives. The council will continue to support these efforts to address this critical community need,” Wright added.

“One of the advantages of having a MAC Group to address the opioid epidemic is that it strengthens existing partnerships in Snohomish County,” said Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary. “From law enforcement/embedded social worker teams addressing homelessness to multi-agency collaborations addressing nuisance properties, we can tackle the negative, quality of life issues opioid misuse has on our communities and neighborhoods.”

South County Fire Chief Bruce Stedman said the effort gives his organization “the opportunity to work closely with others who are facing the tough task of dealing with the human costs of the opioid epidemic. For every person that our firefighters and paramedics help, there is a complex story that needs an entire community’s response.”

More details about the Opioid Response MAC Group—including its objectives, action team leads and future progress reports—can be found at



2 Replies to “County Executive extends activation of emergency system to address opioid crisis”

  1. my question is “What is the goal?” How are you going to get them off the streets and into rehab legally? Seattle is not taking them off the streets. Every year we see an INCREASE in the movement spreading out to the other cities. Unless we see a comprehensive PLAN (in writing) step 1, step 2 etc. (Keeping them alive to overdose again is not a sound plan). Laws to get them OFF the streets and parks, or it will just grow. They hear that Seattle is lenient and has no laws so more will come. Not to mention how easy it is to get drugs here.
    I have NEVER seen a plan. Or addressing the issue besides throwing more money at it. (Won’t work, tough decisions will need to be done and I don’t see them doing it.)


  2. The drug and related criminal activity problems are a growing problems in our community. As your comment suggests, things will likely get worse if we don’t do ‘something’.

    We don’t yet have good multi site research or experience to know which steps are the effective. Certainly a comprehensive plan with linkages to the most effective solutions are needed-when we figure that out. Just think, if we had a growing population of serious diabetics in Snohomish County we would come upwith a plan more readily. There’s knowldge and research, access to medical care and less shame and stigma and blame.
    The very basic first step is to save lives.

    Joy, you might find it encouraging to listen to the podcast; ‘Finding Fixes’ in Snohmish County, or check out the website; Scatterproof. This problem is complicated and will take trial and error and research to address this new and devastating problem- that impacts all of us.


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