Council unanimously votes to ban heroin injection sites in Snohomish County

Mar 21, 2018

On Wednesday, March 14, the Snohomish County Council unanimously adopted Ordinance 18-014, banning heroin injection sites in unincorporated Snohomish County. County Councilman Nate Nehring introduced the ban following a temporary moratorium adopted last September.

Local governments in the Greater Puget Sound Area as an approach to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic have recently discussed heroin injection sites.

County Councilman Nate Nehring toured Insite, the heroin injection site in Vancouver B.C., to see these sites first hand.

"I was stunned by what I saw" said Nehring following his visit. "There is nothing safe or compassionate about enabling addiction and perpetuating the real suffering that addiction causes these individuals."

“I appreciate the work of Councilman Nehring on this ordinance” said Councilman Sam Low, “We must support innovative solutions to this crisis rather than these dangerous sites.”

“We need to focus our resources on the increasing demand for law enforcement, social workers, and bed-space in treatment facilities,” said Council Chair Stephanie Wright.

Snohomish County has made a strong commitment to combating the heroin and opioid epidemic.

“This ban helps protect our neighborhoods,” said Council Vice-Chair Terry Ryan. “We

will continue to evaluate effective ways to combat heroin addiction.”

“I am proud of Snohomish County for taking this important step to ban heroin injection sites and I look forward to working with our council and other partners to implement lasting measures to fight drug addiction in our communities.” said Nehring.

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