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When should people lose their parental rights?

NEW YORK — For child-welfare agencies across the United States, it's the ultimate sanction: terminating the rights of parents to raise their own children due to concerns about abuse and neglect.All states resort to this step when deemed necessary for a child's...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Community Extra: Calendar for April 29 to May 7, 2016

EventsTween STEAM: Students in grades 4-8 (ages 9-13) are invited to learn more about electricity and magnetism with a hands-on learning event, 3-4:30 p.m. April 29 at the Sultan Boys and Girls Club, 705 First St. Hosted by the...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News

Here’s your chance to safely dispose of prescription drugs

EVERETT — Temptation lurks behind the mirror above the bathroom sink.A doctor prescribed the pills for a long-gone malady. Yet, month after month, the bottle sits on a shelf above the shaving cream and beneath the dental floss.

Date: 04/28/2016 | Local News

Everett area ranks high in state for opiate use during pregnancy

EVERETT — Unborn children and newborns aren't being spared from the heroin epidemic, and the Everett area has some of Washington's highest rates of expectant mothers using opiates, according to new state hospital data.Since the 1990s hospitals statewide have seen a...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Local News

Everett's initiative to tackle homelessness starting to pay off

EVERETT — Everett's attempt to get control of its chronic problems with homelessness are starting to yield concrete results.More people are obtaining treatment for their addictions or mental health problems, finding homes and getting jobs.This has been the...

Date: 04/21/2016 | Local News

Low-level drug offenders find new source for addiction help

SEATTLE — When pondering how to keep low-level drug offenders out of jail, officials in Albany, New York, faced a challenge: How could they pay for a case manager to coax addicts onto the straight and narrow, sometimes by tracking them down on the streets?

Date: 04/11/2016 | Northwest

In Sin City, smoking begins to get snuffed out

LAS VEGAS — It was Final Four weekend, and James Riviello was in a mood to make some serious money. The professional gambler sat in a puffy tan leather chair inside the mammoth Westgate Casino sports book, a realm the size of a Costco warehouse, with eight super screens showing his favorite sport...

Date: 04/09/2016 | Nation & World

New Housing Hope board member was homeless herself

Picture a member of a board of directors. The person might be a familiar face in business, or a doctor, lawyer, or well-known volunteer.Picture a meth addict, a homeless mother whose kids were taken away by the state's

Date: 04/08/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

A year after Whidbey jail death, inspectors see improved care

COUPEVILLE — Fred Farris will pick up his girls from softball practice Thursday evening and head to the Island County Jail.He plans to light a candle there for his boy.Farris has stood

Date: 04/07/2016 | Local News

There in a time of need

Camp offers solace for kids with an addicted family member

Date: 04/06/2016 | Local News

Seattle mulls creation of safe drug use sites

SEATTLE — A Seattle group has plans to create a public space where people can inject and smoke hard drugs under medical supervision. Another group has launched a campaign to build support for the idea among politicians and communities.

Date: 04/05/2016 | Northwest

Libertarian solutions to chonic homelessness

"Sometimes I think we're so liberal that we're OK stepping over dead people on our sidewalks," Daniel Bergerac of the Castro Merchants Association and Castro Cares told me as we discussed the state of the streets of San Francisco. As he knows, people stepping over dead...

Date: 04/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Treatment, not punishment, will limit opioid problems

President Obama did something remarkable this week.For the first time, a president talked about drug addiction in America without talking about prosecution, mandatory minimums or a war on drugs.For the first time, a president talked about a new approach to...

Date: 04/03/2016 | Commentary

Program helps track prescriptions to ensure they aren't being abused

OLYMPIA — Calling addiction to opiates and similar drugs "a scourge," Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday approved legislation that seeks to make better use of a state-sponsored prescription monitoring program to fight "doctor-shopping" by addicts. The...

Date: 04/02/2016 | Northwest

Mother gets 6 1/2 years in connection to son’s meth overdose

TACOMA — A Pierce County woman has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison in connection to her 2-year-old son’s methamphetamine overdose.The News Tribune reported that Alyia Iverson, 27, was sentenced Friday for manslaughter after pleading guilty.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Northwest

Deputy rescues children from van with heroin smoke

SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish County sheriff's deputy reported that two young children were unconscious Thursday night when he spotted them in a van only feet away from where their parents allegedly were smoking heroin.The children, a 3-year-old and a 10-month-old, were...

Date: 03/26/2016 | Local News

Alcohol makers need to do more to limit ads kids see

Among advertisements on TV, it's hard not to like many of those that market beer, wine and spirits. Most are entertaining, funny — farewell Most Interesting Man in the World — and...

Date: 03/18/2016 | Editorials

Sen. Patty Murray announces funding to fight opioid abuse

SEATTLE — Sen. Patty Murray says eight health centers across Washington state will receive a total of $2.8 million in grants to help fight opioid abuse and addiction.

Date: 03/11/2016 | Northwest

A life taken away

30-year sentence for Everett halfway house rape, murder

Date: 03/09/2016 | Local News

Bill would prevent sponsor testimony in civil cases for addicts

OLYMPIA — Several relationships — such as that of doctor and patient, attorney and client, priest and penitent — have legal protections that prevent information shared in such confidences from being used against them in court. A bill in Washington state would add a new testimonial privilege to that...

Date: 02/27/2016 | Northwest

Exploding e-cigarettes send 4 to Seattle hospital for burns

SEATTLE — E-cigarette explosions have led four patients to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center since October for treatment by burn and trauma experts.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Northwest

Health company eyes Kitsap County for methadone clinic

BREMERTON — A Tennessee-based health care company is looking at Kitsap County as the home of a future methadone clinic.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Northwest

Gone but not forgotten

Everett street folk bid farewell to a good friend

Date: 02/10/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Man who threatened 3 at Everett Gospel Mission to be evaluated

EVERETT — An Everett man who attacked three people near the Everett Gospel Mission was ordered to undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluations once he's released from prison.Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis recently sentenced the man to four...

Date: 02/09/2016 | Local News

Response to homelessness builds on success of others

The news isn't good, but the timing of the City of Everett, Snohomish County and others is.Last week's Point in Time survey of homelessness in Snohomish County found a significant increase over the previous year, as

Date: 02/03/2016 | Editorials

More than just a census

Annual tally of homeless is also a way to offer services

Date: 01/29/2016 | Local News

Invest in Everett’s ‘housing first’ project

Now might not be the best time to ask the Legislature for money, but that's not to deny the need and potential to change lives in the city of Everett's $2 million request of this session's supplemental budget.Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and other city representatives are in...

Date: 01/14/2016 | Editorials

Opening up on addiction

An Everett family shares son’s life, death; seeks to help others

Date: 01/13/2016 | Local News

County lawmakers, officials find a unified voice

The ideas flowed during a Thursday morning meeting among members of Snohomish County's legislative delegation and officials from the county, its cities and Economic Alliance Snohomish County. Priorities and recommendations for action were discussed, not just for the 60-day legislative...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Editorials

Big Issues | 2016: Homelessness

Cities work to help mentally ill, addicts who live on the streets

Date: 01/06/2016 | Local News

Prison offers proven cure for Couch’s ‘affluenza’

In 2013, Americans learned about a new epidemic — affluenza. As psychologist G. Dick Miller explained the phenomenon, children of wealthy parents are taught not the golden rule but "we have the gold, we make the rules." The unsympathetic carrier of the...

Date: 01/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

We’re not helpless to solve homelessness

Homelessness is a wickedly complex problem. There is no one cause, and no one face of the homeless. The growing numbers of homeless reflect structural issues in our economy as well as problems on our streets."Streets issues" are a subset of broader homelessness...

Date: 01/03/2016 | Commentary

Opioid abuse calls for better treatment

There is a grim connection between two worsening addictions in the U.S.: to prescription opioid painkillers and to heroin. Both can be partly traced to worthwhile public-health initiatives that deserve to be protected.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Commentary

Higher cigarette tax could save infant lives

Scientists, and many consumers, know that when taxes raise the price of cigarettes, smoking typically goes down. That's why the nation's leading health organizations advocate higher taxes as a way to discourage tobacco use by teenagers.But now those higher prices may be...

Date: 01/01/2016 | Commentary

Making good on second chance

Salvation Army program helped shop owner kick cocaine habit

Date: 12/23/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Make alcohol zone mandatory

Among the scores of solutions outlined as part of the Everett Community Streets Initiative that are being implemented and given further study was the creation of alcohol impact areas within the city that would limit the sale of beverages that sell the punch of high alcohol content at...

Date: 12/23/2015 | Editorials

Curing what jail can't

Viewpoints: 4 views on addressing mental illness

Date: 12/20/2015 | Commentary

Start over on underpass

With Everett's serious commitment to helping homeless people — most notably the approval of Mayor Ray Stephanson's $1 million in new funding for the "Safe Streets" project — the city can...

Date: 12/14/2015 | Editorials

Needle exchanges have dropped the exchange

In 1997, I went to a needle exchange in San Francisco to see firsthand how the harm reduction program prevented the spread of HIV among addicts. Exchange staff offered vitamins, treatment for sores and referrals to kick the habit; addicts handed over carefully bundled needles in a...

Date: 12/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP contenders talk about drug abuse; racial, partisan rifts persist

More than 40 years after Republican president Richard M. Nixon coined the phrase “war on drugs,” many GOP presidential candidates are calling for an end to one of its central tenets - by agreeing with Democrats to treat low-level drug offenders rather than incarcerating them.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

A message about homelessness for Everett: Build homes first

EVERETT — More than 300 people packed the Historic Everett Theatre Monday evening to listen to a plainspoken former rancher talk about his simple solution for ending chronic homelessness.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

Arlington coalition wants to keep drug abuse awareness program going

ARLINGTON — Lisa Martin was trying to save her daughter’s life.She called everyone she could think of. She was turned away by some organizations because they needed to talk to her daughter directly. Others put her on a waiting list.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

City, editorial misunderstand the homeless and their needs

In The Herald's view, as your editorial of Oct. 30, "Use panhandling law to help," indicates, the new Everett aggressive panhandling law is acceptable. I wish I could say your opinion is.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Commentary

Part 2: A sheriff refuses to 'warehouse the mentally ill'

EVERETT — Gary Watts owns an auto repair shop on Smith Avenue a block from the Everett Gospel Mission. He's been there since 1992, shortly before the shelter opened. Back then the location seemed ideal, just off Broadway, easy for customers to find with the garage's sign visible...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News

7 programs that offer alternatives to jail and court

It is a scenario that plays out across the country every day: the mentally ill, homeless, the drug-addicted caught up in a criminal justice system that isn't designed to help them escape the revolving door of the streets, jail and the back of ambulances. For years the criminal justice...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News

Part 3: Cops and social workers team up on the streets

EVERETT — The sheriff's sergeant walked past an abandoned shopping cart and hooked a right onto a well-worn path that disappeared into a stand of trees in south Everett.A line of sagging tents flanked by piles of garbage came into view."Hello,"...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News

Wanda’s Club 4 owner helped many on the road to recovery

It’s a basic tenet and the 12th tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous that members not be identified by their full names. Many who have been helped, though, know the name Wanda.

Date: 11/04/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Use panhandling law to help

Many of us struggle with the correct response when approached by someone begging for money. Our desire to help a fellow human being often conflicts with our doubts about the person's true need or how they will use what we provide.That conflict also comes into play in how we...

Date: 10/30/2015 | Editorials

Everett passes measure against 'aggressive panhandling'

EVERETT — The City Council passed a controversial ordinance against panhandling Wednesday that has drawn the attention of activists on behalf of neighborhoods and the homeless.The vote was 4-2, and came before a packed crowd that included vociferous testimony from the...

Date: 10/28/2015 | Local News

Increased availability for overdose antidote naloxone

Overdoses from heroin and other powerful drugs are so common in Snohomish County that health officials say the problem has become an epidemic.

Date: 10/19/2015 | Local News

Addict brings others hope

She says faith guided her out of darkness

Date: 10/03/2015 | Local News

Man who smoked meth with baby in car in Edmonds may avoid prison

EVERETT — A man who smoked methamphetamine inside a car with a toddler will avoid prison if he follows through with drug treatment.

Date: 09/26/2015 | Local News

Everett man gets 17 months for arson in dispute with neighbor

EVERETT — James White smiled as a Snohomish County Superior Court judge warned him to stay away from his neighbors.Judge Janice Ellis was telling White, 44, that the fire he started could have...

Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News

Demand that officials make streets safe

Kudos to Andy Skotdal for telling it like it truly is in his Aug. 30 letter, "Cure epidemic of social illness." Our All-American City is being overrun with the "recidivist...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Commentary

The difference between S.F. and N.Y. is P.U.

Why is New York so much cleaner than San Francisco? It's a question you hear all the time, even as some New Yorkers swear that Mayor Bill de Blasio's lighter approach to law enforcement has undone some of the gains made under former Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg. I spent three...

Date: 09/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘Queen, It’s a New Day’

Some pampering for women dealing with hardships

Date: 08/25/2015 | Local News

Allow cities to set limits for homeless camps

The Obama Department of Justice argued last week that a Boise, Idaho, law against "public sleeping in a city without adequate shelter space constitutes criminalizing homelessness itself, in violation of the Eighth Amendment." In a statement of interest filed in federal...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

63 paths to end homelessness, addiction

With a problem that encompasses poverty, homelessness, mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction and with one or more of those often contributing to the others, it's clear there are no silver-bullet solutions.It's why the

Date: 08/14/2015 | Editorials

Man sentenced for Highway 529 robbery

EVERETT — A convicted felon was ordered never to have contact with the good Samaritan whom he robbed at gunpoint two years ago.

Date: 08/10/2015 | Local News

Fighting homelessness to end panhandling

Recently the City of Monroe reviewed its city ordinances with respect to complaints about panhandlers. Panhandlers are generally homeless and homelessness cannot be eliminated by an ordinance.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Commentary

Historic Everett building could serve as alternative to jail

EVERETT — A proposal to renovate the former Carnegie Library into transitional housing for the homeless received a boost from the state.Legislators allocated $1.34 million from the state's capital budget for the project, which is being called the

Date: 07/20/2015 | Local News

Alcohol misuse major threat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Drug Administration this week confirmed what states have been reporting for years: That the rate of heroin use in the U.S. has climbed 63 percent in the past decade; and the rate of heroin abuse or dependence climbed 90...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Editorials

San Fransisco struggling to deal with homeless population

Downtown San Francisco feels like a large public toilet without enough janitors. More than once this year, I've seen men drop their pants in public places — including at Fifth and Market — to leave a smelly mess on the sidewalk. You can walk for blocks and never escape the...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Helping homeless less costly than criminalizing them

It was Aug. 20, 2013, and I had just gone to sleep for the night on a bench off U.S. 2 in Gold Bar outside the gas station. I slept with one eye open, because I worried an officer would drive by and arrest me.According to a Homeless Point in Time count conducted in 2014,...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary

Taxing alcohol isn’t going to discourage binge drinking

There's been a significant rise in "heavy drinking" among Americans, according to a new study out of the University of Washington.But what do these researchers mean by "heavy drinking"? wine lovers must ask. For a woman, heavy drinking is defined as...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A new calling

Former addict Robert Smiley now lives to help the homeless

Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News

Healing arts

At-risk youth find recovery through photography

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News

Nasal spray used to save woman from drug overdose

GETCHELL — It didn't take long.Less than two weeks after getting training, a Snohomish County Sheriff's deputy brought a woman who'd overdosed on heroin back from the edge of death.Deputy Jacob Navarro administered a nasal spray version of naloxone when he...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Local News

Our approach to young, black men is broken

The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses.Subsequent steps are harder, but no real progress can be made until the basics of life and liberty are dealt with. If anything positive...

Date: 05/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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