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Washington State pipe distribution program aims to curb disease and death among drug users

| May 20, 2022 | Washington

The Tacoma Needle Exchange is distributing pipes in an effort to curb the spread of disease and death among Washington drug users who would likely otherwise be injecting substances. Paul LaKosky—Executive Director of the Tacoma Needle Exchange and the Dave Purchase Project—gave an update on pipe distribution efforts during Thursday’s...[ Read More ]

Corrective measures underway at Oregon State Hospitals following April escape of patient

| May 19, 2022 | Oregon

Members of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board discussed on Thursday improvements that are underway at the two state psychiatric hospitals—in Salem and Junction City—following the escape of a patient in April.     Derek Wehr, Deputy Superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital’s (OSH) Salem Campus, discussed corrective measures that...[ Read More ]

Waiver would expand health care coverage to Washingtonians regardless of immigration status

| May 19, 2022 | Washington

Washington State officials are seeking the federal government’s approval for a waiver that would expand health care coverage to residents regardless of their immigration status.     The Washington Benefit Exchange (Exchange) submitted a Section 1332 waiver to the federal government on May 13th. If approved, the waiver will provide...[ Read More ]

In-person learning on track for rest of school year, but Oregon health officials urge mitigation strategies for COVID

| May 18, 2022 | Oregon

While Oregon schools will be operating with in-person learning practices in place through the remainder of the year, health officials urge caution as the COVID-19 BA.2 subvariant continues to spur a rise in cases.     State Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger issued a media briefing on various...[ Read More ]

BA.2 variant pushing a spike in COVID-19 cases in Alaska

| May 18, 2022 | Alaska

The BA.2 variant has become the dominant COVID-19 strain in Alaska, and is pushing a spike in case counts in the state.     Alaska had 1,675 positive COVID cases from May 11th-17th. That was an 11% increase from the previous week (May 4th-10th), in which the state had 1,506...[ Read More ]

Proposed initiative would decriminalize drugs in Washington State

| May 17, 2022 | Washington

The Commit to Change WA coalition recently filed a proposal for an initiative that would decriminalize drugs in Washington State.     Initiative Measure No. 1922 would decriminalize the possession of all illicit drugs in the state. Law enforcement officers would retain the authority to confiscate illicit drugs, and selling...[ Read More ]