BEWARE: Fentanyl overdose deaths up 70 percent in Wash., health officials say

Photo from Public Health Seattle & King County shows pills containing fentanyl that were sold on the streets of Seattle.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The number of people who died from an overdose of illicit fentanyl increased nearly 70 percent this year over last in Washington state, health officials said Wednesday.


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Seattle Office for Civil Rights at the 2018 RSJI Summit at Seattle Center

Deadline for registration for the summit and all workshops is
Friday, October 19th, 2018

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Please join the Seattle Office for Civil Rights at the 2018 RSJI Summit at Seattle Center for two days, October 23rd-24th, of in-depth workshops, art, and presentations about The State of Race and Justice in Seattle.

We will explore the history of RSJI in Seattle City government; offer resources for race and social justice work; discuss race, racism, and the struggle of our communities for racial equity; and acknowledge the historical harm of systemic and institutional racism.

The RSJI Summit will bring together city departments, community artists, educators, youth, organizers, friends, and faily in the spirit of collective organization and healing.

City of Seattle employees:

Please register via Cornerstone https://bit.ly/2OFZNA8

Please register for the following workshops:

Awaken the Lion Day 1 (Yoga, only 15 spots available per session):
Morning Session: Oct. 23rd 8:30 am-9:30 pm
Link to register:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rsji-summit-2018-internalized-racial-oppression-for-poc-tickets-50888195964?aff=original

Afternoon Session: Oct. 23rd 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rsji-summit-2018-awaken-the-lion-yogaday-1-pm-tickets-50930270811?aff=affiliate1

Diamond Body Gentle Yoga Day 2 (only 15 spots available per session):
Yoga classes centered on people of color.

Morning session: Oct. 24th 8:30 am-9:30 am
Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rsji-summit-2018-diamond-body-gentle-yoga-day-2-am-tickets-50761050669?aff=affiliate1

Afternoon session: Oct. 24th 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rsji-summit-2018-diamond-body-gentle-yoga-day-2-pm-tickets-50761241239?aff=affiliate1

The Power of Eunioa: Internalized Racial Oppression (Only 40 spots available per session):
There will seperate workshops based on how you racially identify:

For People of Color: Oct. 23rd 9:45 am-4:30 pm
Link to register:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rsji-summit-2018-internalized-racial-oppression-for-poc-tickets-50888195964?aff=original

For White Allies: Oct. 23rd 9:45 am-4:30 pm
Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rsji-summit-2018-internalized-racial-oppression-for-white-allies-tickets-50890096649?aff=original

Change Teams Round Table: A Unified Approach to RSJI Across Seattle:
Armory Loft 3/4: Oct. 24th 1:00 pm-4:30 pm

Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rsji-summit-2018-change-teams-round-table-day-2-tickets-50924006073?aff=original

Deadline for registration for the summit and all workshops is
Friday, October 19th, 2018.

Questions: Email iman.ibrahim@seattle.gov

SPD: Back to School Youth Safety Tips: Metro, Sound Transit Safety & more..

Safety at School

Safety at school should be your number one priority.
Report all crimes and suspicious activities to school staff and police.
Always say no to things that make you uncomfortable.
If you see or receive information about a gun on school campus, get to safety and call 9-1-1 immediately.

Safety on Metro/Sound Transit Routes

Pay attention to your surroundings when walking to or from transit stops and on buses or trains.
Thieves on transit are on the lookout for cellphones, jewelry or other valuables.
If there is a problem on the bus or train, notify the driver and/or call 911.
Keep all personal belongings close by.
If you have concerns about safety at or near your stop, contact your driver or call 911.

Street Smarts

Know your transit routes.
If a person or group makes you feel uncomfortable, cross the street, walk in another direction, or ask other people you trust to walk with you.
Make eye contact with people around you carry yourself with confidence.

If you are Targeted in a Crime

If someone tries to grab you, make a scene. Scream, kick, fight . . . Depending on the situation, do what you feel is right to get away.
If someone demands your wallet or phone it’s always safer to hand it over than risk injury.
Seek help from a neighbor, business or bystander as quickly as you can and call 9-1-1.

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Deadline August 27: DHS proposes $1.8 million grant to provide ‘trauma training’ for students

In the wake of recent school shootings, the Department of Homeland Security has proposed a grant to implement a program aimed at teaching students how to properly “control severe bleeding” in the event of a mass casualty event.

The School-Age Trauma Training will provide $1.8 million in free trauma training sessions to the public and high schoolers in the U.S. to train people on how to help victims with a wound.

If all three phases of the program’s preparation go smoothly, it could be at least 36 months before it is officially offered.

“Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma,” the grant’s proposal states. “This initiative is designed to enhance a bystander’s ability to take decisive, life-saving action to assist victims with traumatic injuries.”

John Verrico, a spokesman for the DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate, told ABC News the grant will focus on training high school students in basic first aid to use in “any sort of disaster.”

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Free Summer Meals and Recreation Activities

Free Summer Meals and Recreation Activities
May 17, 2018 by Christina Hirsch

FREE SUMMER MEALS

This summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Human Services Department, and United Way of King County are partnering to host a drop-in summer program offering free meals and recreation activities. Recreation activities are open for kids and teens ages 1 to 18 and may include arts, crafts, board games, and organized recreational games. A free lunch and snacks will be offered to youth ages 1 to 18. The program will run daily from June 27 to August 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday rain or shine at 19 park sites across Seattle.

2018 Summer Meals and Recreation Field Days locations:

• Beacon Hill Playground: 1902 13th Ave. S
• Beer Sheva Park: 8650 55th Ave. S
• Brighton Playground: 6000 39th Ave. S
• EC Hughes Playground: 7907 30th Ave. SW
• Georgetown Park: 750 S Homer St.
• Greenwood Park: 602 N 87th St.
• Highland Park: 1100 SW Cloverdale St.
• Judkins Playground: 2150 S Norman St.
• Lakewood Playground: 5013 S Angeline St.
• Lakeridge Playground: 10145 Rainier Ave. S
• Little Brook Park: 140th and 32nd Ave. NE
• Madrona Playground: 3211 E Spring St.
• Maplewood Playfield: 4801 Corson Ave. S
• North Acres Park: 12718 1st Ave. NE
• Othello Playground: 4351 S Othello St.
• Peppi’s Playground: 3233 E Spruce St.
• Powell Barnett Park: 352 MLK Jr. Way
• Pratt Park: 1800 S Main St.
• Roxhill Park: 2850 SW Roxbury St.

FREE SUMMER MEALS

For questions or more information about the program, please contact Nicholas Farline, Sr. Recreation Program Specialist at 206-615-0303 or nicholas.farline@seattle.gov.

JOIN: Project Safe Neighborhoods

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Gun Violence Remains a Major Problem in the United States

According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 467,321 persons were victims of a crime committed with a firearm in 2011. In the same year, data collected by the FBI show that firearms were used in 68 percent of murders, 41 percent of robbery offenses and 21 percent of aggravated assaults nationwide.[

People between the ages of 15 and 24 are most likely to be targeted by gun violence. From 1976 to 2005, 77 percent of homicide victims ages 15-17 died from gun-related injuries. This age group was most at risk for gun violence during this time period.

Teens and young adults are more likely than persons of other ages to be murdered with a gun. Most violent gun crime, especially homicide, occurs in cities and urban communities. More information is available on the Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice website.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing those programs with additional tools to fit the specific gun crime problems in each area. The goal is to create safer neighborhoods by reducing gun violence and sustaining that reduction.

For further information on this District’s PSN effort please contact:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Becker
PSN Coordinator
206-553-7970

StopOverdose.org


http://stopoverdose.org/

Opioid trends across Washington state

Death data from the Washington State Department of Health Center for Health Statistics are combined with population data from the Office of Financial Management to create rates of death. Data include only deaths for which an underlying cause of death was determined to be any opioid. For more information on data, see details at the end of the page.

ST. JOHNSBURY, VT – FEBRUARY 06: Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin recently devoted his entire State of the State speech to the scourge of heroin. Heroin and other opiates have begun to devastate many communities in the Northeast and Midwest leading to a surge in fatal overdoses in a number of states. As prescription painkillers, such as the synthetic opiate OxyContin, become increasingly expensive and regulated, more and more Americans are turning to heroin to fight pain or to get high. Heroin, which has experienced a surge in production in places such as Afghanistan and parts of Central America, has a relatively inexpensive street price and provides a more powerful affect on the user. New York City police are currently investigating the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who was found dead last Sunday with a needle in his arm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Any opioid: primary categories and sub-categories
Probable heroin
Other opioids
Commonly prescribed opioids
Methadone
Other natural and semi-synthetic opioids: Oxycodone, codeine, morphine, etc.
Other synthetic opioids: Pethidine, tramadol, fentanyl and analogues, etc.
Other and unspecified narcotics, including opium
Deaths attributed to any opioid: 72% increase

As a whole, opioid deaths regardless of subtype occur throughout the state. Modest declines in the opioid death rate in Chelan and Spokane Counties (and some smaller counties) between 2002-2004 and 2014-2016 have been outweighed by increases in most counties, particularly more populous counties. The later period reflects a decline in deaths from intervening years–opioid deaths peaked in 2009 at 720 statewide.

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Perry Tarrant for New Seattle Police Chief

(reposted from February 1, 2018)

This dedicated officer is incredible with an outstanding performance Bio…

WE NEED TO PETITION FOR ASSISTANT SPD POLICE CHIEF PERRY TARRANT TO BECOME SEATTLE’S NEW POLICE CHIEF!


Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant
Assistant Chief – Special Operations Bureau
Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant commands the Special Operations Bureau.

Perry Tarrant has more 36 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Tucson Police Department working Patrol, Canine, SWAT, and Bomb Squad. He also supervised or commanded these areas as well as Motorcycles, Internal Affairs Investigations, Aviation (with a Commercial Pilot license), Criminal Investigations, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security – Counterterrorism. Perry coordinated the City of Yakima PD’s Gang Initiative and community-based resources before coming to Seattle.

Perry Tarrant joined the Seattle Police as an Assistant Chief during the Department’s DOJ Settlement Agreement. He was part of a White House law enforcement advisory committee created by President Obama and chaired by Vice President Biden. He presented before Congress on civil rights, hate crimes, community policing, use of force, and 21st Century Policing. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Board of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and was elected its President for 2016 and 2017. He is a member of the Breakfast Group and Red Tail Hawks, which are local community organizations focused on youth mentoring. He is also serves as a board member of Choose 180, a program that works to keep youth out of the criminal justice system.

Assistant Chief Tarrant received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a Leadership Emphasis from Northern Arizona University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Minor in Counterterrorism & Human Migration) from The University of Arizona. He holds additional academic certificates in Criminal Justice Graduate Studies from the University of Virginia and a Certificate of Study in Human Trafficking from The Ohio State University. He has completed the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and NOBLE’s CEO mentoring program. He is a FEMA Incident Commander and provided leadership for National Special Security Events such as national political party conventions, G-20 summit, and Unified Command for Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Walgreens: The opioid epidemic in our nation. #It Ends with Us.

The opioid epidemic in our nation has reached a critical point.

Every day thousands of teenagers and young adults find themselves spiraling down a path of addiction. Opioids are legal pain relievers that are typically prescribed for teens and young adults after major injuries and surgeries. Due to the addictive nature of these drugs — many young adults find themselves switching to illegal usage of heroin when their prescriptions run out, as it is less expensive and easier to access. Walgreens, together with teen community leaders, is committed to ending the epidemic through education and preventative measures. Let’s be part of the generation that ends this horrific epidemic of opioid addiction.

#ItEndsWithUs

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Flashback – Naloxone: Seattle Police Officers Revive Drug Overdose Victim

Original Published on May 23, 2017

Police responded to a report of a man down in the 1500 block of 9th Avenue just before midnight and were quickly flagged down by a woman. The woman pointed officers to a man lying on the sidewalk, and said he had recently used heroin.

Officer Jared Levitt and Sergeant Dave Hockett saw the 40-year-old man was struggling to breathe and gave him a dose of nasal naloxone and began CPR a short time later.

SFD medics arrived and took over treatment of the man, who regained consciousness and was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

This incident marks the 16th time officers have used Naloxone since Seattle police began carrying it in mid-March. The case will become part of the ongoing study conducted by the University of Washington into SPD’s use of Naloxone for a possible department-wide deployment.

As a reminder, Washington law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose.

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