Washington state AG to host summit on opioid epidemic


Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson will host a two-day summit on the opioid epidemic June 15-16 at the University of Washington in Seattle.


The summit will bring together law enforcement, medical professionals, prosecutors and public health experts to discuss multiple topics pertaining to the opioid epidemic, including prescription drug monitoring and drug trends in the Northwest U.S.

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

In 2015, 718 state residents died from opioid overdoses, killing more people than automobile accidents, according to a release from the AG's office. 

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