Thanks to VOCAL Washington, and two of our awesome support staff Jiva and Jenny Lee for putting together an exciting event next Wednesday for National Overdose Awareness Day. Issues of overdose and increased awareness around opioid use particularly, have been significant topics in the media nationwide. The latest data from Univ. of Washington says there's an average of 600 deaths per year in our state. Thurston County has an overdose rate which has increased by more than 30% in the last decade and will continue to do so if we do not begin to look at policies that will truly address the realities of drug use in our communities. This is an issue that the Interfaith Works Shelter and many of our partners have been very concerned about for a long time. This issue is not new for our community but what is new is the sea change of innovative ideas to combat the negative effects of drug use. We hope that our community will choose to grow, learn and get creative to ensure that our families and loved ones can live long, safe lives. Thank you to Interfaith Works of Thurston County for officially endorsing this event! We are excited to have Olympia City Council Member Clark Gilman as a guest speaker among others! Starts at 11am at the Artesian Well downtown. See you there!
Meg Martin, MSW, MHP, is the Shelter Program Director for The Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter.