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The Heroin Epidemic: A Community Conversation

The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) presents an important community conversation examining the region’s growing heroin and prescription opiate epidemic. In King County, more people now enter detox for heroin than they do for alcohol. Families are being devastated as the number of opiate-related deaths has tripled since 2009. What must be done to address this growing problem?

Join KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna as he explores this question and more with panelists:

  • Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecutor
  • Penny Legate, founder of the Marah Project
  • Molly Carney, Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Service
  • Dr. Caleb-Banta Green, University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute

In February 2016, FRONTLINE aired Chasing Heroin, a documentary looking at the heroin epidemic through the lives of individual addicts. Many of those on the panel were featured in the film and is recommended viewing for those interested in this panel.

Watch Chasing Heroin

IN Close also took a look at how heroin affects the pacific northwest, and Seattle in particular. In the FRONTLINE film, Seattle residents may see familiar streetscapes and local personalities. Stephen Hegg looked at how heroin affects Seattle and why it was chosen as the location to film the FRONTLINE documentary. Stacey Jenkin talked with UW's Research Scientist Dr. Caleb Banta Green on how complex drug treatment can be.

The Heroin Epidemic: A Community Conversation is produced in partnership with King County TV and MOHAI


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What seems to be missing in all these coversations is WHO is the bridge for anyone to get and know how to use heroin. Someone has to tell folks where and how to use other words someone has to care so little for the well being of another human they can help them into drugs..when did the evil of drugs and drug dealers leave the conversation. The narrative seems to ignore how a kid gets from ice cream and hot dogs to shooting heroine. .someone has to show them..someonw has to be the bridge. Literalky talked to a casual drug using 50 something woman who blames a doctor who gave her son a prescription after a car accident for turning her son into a heroin addict. She sees NO CONNECTION between her having drug folks around aon willing to teach him be the bridge between him listening to doctor snd listening to drug dealers to switch from or more likely trade his prescription for illegal drugs..someone had to smile in her face while taking her son toward illegal in the world can this be left out of the conversation. The loyalty to drug dealers must stop. The spot light should be on those willing to be the brigde to others.