Public Forum On Heroin And Addiction In Everett Thursday Evening

The City of Everett has another free community forum set for this Thursday at the Historic Everett Theater on Colby in downtown Everett. Here are the details…


Join Mayor Ray Stephanson and an expert panel to learn about drug addiction at a free community event on Thursday, March 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Historic Everett Theatre (2911 Colby Ave).

“Our community has been significantly impacted by the opioid epidemic,” said Stephanson. “Nearly every one of us has a friend or family member who has been affected by addiction, and these complex challenges have overwhelmed our City resources and treatment systems.

The March 23 event will feature a panel discussion among experts who can address different aspects of drug addiction, from research and public policy to treatment options and support during recovery. Panelists include:

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists during a moderated question-and-answer session.

“It’s critical for our community to have an open, informed conversation about addiction and how we can best respond,” said Stephanson.

Under the Safe Streets plan, the City has launched a number of programs to address the impacts of drug addiction in Everett, particularly the visible effects of drug use on the streets.

“The City will continue to take enforcement against those who are committing crimes and preying on others,” said Hil Kaman, the City’s public health and safety director. “At the same time, we recognize that in order to make meaningful, lasting changes in our community, we need to approach addiction as a disease, and invest our resources in innovative, effective treatment and support systems.”

The Safe Streets plan includes a number of initiatives to address addiction and related challenges:

In addition, the City recently filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for allowing OxyContin to be funneled into the black market, causing the current opioid crisis in Everett.

“Purdue must be held accountable for the damage they have caused in our community,” said Stephanson. “We’ve already invested significant taxpayer dollars to deal with impacts of opioid addiction in our city, and we know that substantial additional resources will be needed to deal with this crisis in the coming years.”

The public is encouraged to attend the event, which will be recorded for broadcast on the Everett Channel. For meeting details, visit the City’s events calendar. For more information on the Safe Streets plan, visit


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