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Penny LeGate on Creating Safe Spaces for Heroin Users in King County

A look at King County’s Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force recommendations.

September 16, 2016

Penny LeGate is one of the 32 members of King County’s Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force. In 2012, she lost her 19-year-old daughter, Marah Williams, to a heroin overdose. She spoke with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna about the task force recommendations and the need to view heroin and opioid addiction as a serious public health crisis. 

The task force presented their recommendations to Executive Constantine and Mayors Backus, Law and Murray on Thursday, Sept. 15.  


Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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