“We’re a society of addiction.”

Panel discusses opioid addiction in Kittitas County

UPDATED 3/22/19: The addicted are our neighbors, our friends, and our family members.

“Statistically, emergency room care is ten times as expensive as going to see your primary care physician and about 10% as effective overall in terms of outcomes. So you’re talking about the most expensive, least effective kind of healthcare when you access 911 and go to the emergency room [for addiction issues]…If we stop pretending like this is somebody else’s problem…[If we] recognize the true cost of opioid addiction, work backwards and apply what we’re already spending on [some] real solutions; we’re going to be a lot further ahead, both in terms of the outcomes and actual dollars spent.”

Rich Elliott, Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue

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Learn about opioids in Kittitas County

Panel discussion: Opioid Crisis in Kittitas County – How Are We Handling It?:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7-9 p.m. at Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby St., Ellensburg

We’ll have a panel of experts to explain what addiction is, why opioids are so dangerous, and what community groups, law enforcement and the courts are doing to make a difference.

On our panel:
Rich Elliott, deputy chief with Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, moderator
Ken Wade, police chief, Ellensburg Police department
Dr. John Asriel, Community Health of Central Washington
Emily Nelson, Merit Resource Services, clinical supervisor
Kim Hitchcock, Triumph Treatment Services
Emily Brown, Merit Treatment Services and drug court coordinator

After the speakers make their presentations, audience members may submit questions. The forum will be video-taped and shown later on ECTV. This event is free of charge and is co-sponsored by the Kittitas Valley League of Women Voters and the Ellensburg Public Library.

For more information about the event, please email the League at kittitasinfo@gmail.com.

League celebrates National Voter Registration Day

Kittitas Valley League of Women Voters were registering voters and updating addresses at three locations on National Voter Registration Day. Many thanks to the vendors who lent us the space: 1891 Bistro on CWU campus, campus Starbucks, and D&M Coffee downtown. Thanks also to our volunteers: Karen Raymond, Kris Ernest, Kath Fraser, Peggy Lyon, Paula McMinn, and Catherine Cook and Glenn Rudolph, and to Charli Sorenson for organizing this event.

League To Host Candidate Forum

Kittitas Valley League of Women Voters and Ellensburg Public Library Host Candidate Forum

ELLENSBURG, WA  (September 10, 2018) – The Kittitas Valley League of Women Voters and the Ellensburg Public Library will host a Candidate Forum from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, October 18th for candidates running for Legislative District 13 seats and Kittitas County seats. The forum will take place in the City Council Chambers and is free and open to the public.

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