SnoCo asks M’ville to join opioid fight

MARYSVILLE – Snohomish County is treating the opioid epidemic as if it is a disaster.

It’s Department of Emergency Management and its Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group are working together on the problem. They are identifying resources and looking for partners, such as the city of Marysville.

County Executive Dave Somers and members of his staff talked to the City Council about it Monday. “It’s been tremendously successful so far,” Mayor Jon Nehring said.

The city was told it could get involved by sending a representative to their meetings, by backing the emergency support group or by having its own parallel MAC.

Somers said Marysville residents might feel like the opioid problem might only be here, but that’s not the case. “It’s everywhere,” he said.

Jason Bierman, the county director of emergency management, said there recently were 365 inmates in the county jail and two-thirds were going through substance withdrawal. To combat that, the county and city have an embedded social worker teamed with law enforcement to aid addicts in getting help. One problem they already have seen is no place to take them until they can get services. The county is going to open a 44-bed diversion center.

Because of laws that limit youth being detained, they said there are two vacant areas at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett. They hope to use those in the future to house addicts as they await services.

Police Chief Rick Smith added that the city is now involved with overdose tracking that shows where they occur. Information is then given to the drug task force, which can focus on the area where the overdoses are taking place.

Smith said he is glad to see more community engagement. Nonprofits, churches and other community groups are stepping up to help.

He said he is all for talking folks into treatment, “but we still need strong and robust law enforcement.”

Also, Smith said let’s not forget the young kids who are overdosing on marijuana, which is easier to obtain now that it’s legal in this state.

“We need full on drug awareness,” he said, adding it’s not just opioids and heroin because meth is making a comeback in usage locally.

In other council news:

•The city will receive a $500,000 grant to help fund in-house design of Olympic View Park, and construction should start next year, parks director Jim Ballew said.

•The city will receive a grant for $102,325 then pay consultants $100,750 for services related to the former Interfor Pacific site on the Marysville waterfront. The goal is for no further cleanup action to be needed

•Water main installation is done on Sunnyside Boulevard and overlay work will follow.

•Daniel Schmidt was sworn in as a new custody officer.

•The community center and the Jennings Park Barn are rented out 98 percent of the weekends for the rest of the year, and will bring in $10,000 more in revenue because of price changes, Ballew said.

More in News

Police: Man shot dead by Marysville officers while attacking wife with knife

MARYSVILLE – A man who reportedly tried to stab his wife in… Continue reading

Briefs (Sept. 21)

Marysville presents fire district awards MARYSVILLE – The Marysville Fire District presented… Continue reading

Lovick kids: Allegations about family’s struggles, not sex abuse

MARYSVILLE – A local campaign for state representative that turned negative last… Continue reading

I-5 ramp closure at 116th Sept. 21-24

MARYSVILLE – If your weekend plans include stopping in the Marysville-Tulalip area… Continue reading

Arlington rejects bid for downtown innovation center, pocket park

ARLINGTON – The City Council on Monday rejected a bid that was… Continue reading

BNSF railroad repairs along 67th at 172nd St NE and 204th St NE set for Sept. 18 and 19

ARLINGTON - Burlington Northern Santa Fe will be making pavement repairs at… Continue reading

Arlington man jailed for eluding police in stolen school district truck

ARLINGTON – A 25-year-old Arlington man is in jail after he tried… Continue reading

Crash closes I-5 southbound for hours Sunday

ARLINGTON — A crash blocked all southbound lanes of I-5, sending people… Continue reading

Tech, trades helping Marysville schools get rid of ‘black cloud’

MARYSVILLE – Interim superintendent Jason Thompson says the Marysville School District is… Continue reading

Most Read