Edmonds Beacon
37 opioid overdoses within seven days, including in Edmonds

We’ve all heard horror stories about opioid abuse. Here’s a new one. The Snohomish Health District reports that there were 37 opioid overdoses within one seven-day period, including one in Edmonds. The district reached out to first responders, …

My Edmonds News
Commentary: Wasted opportunity will hurt Washington’s kids, infrastructure and economy

This is the first time in state history that lawmakers failed to pass a capital budget. The capital budget, sometimes known as the construction budget, creates tens of thousands of jobs across the state by investing in community construction projects. These resources build schools, colleges, state parks, dental clinics, and make improvements to our mental … READ MORE

Commentary: Statewide drug take-back program can save lives

By Strom Peterson If you walked into your bathroom right now and opened your medicine cabinet, what would you find? If you are anything like me, you probably have some over-the-counter cold medicine, leftover pills from last year’s allergy season or maybe an array of vitamins. For many Washingtonians, there is also a mix of … READ MORE

State Rep. Peterson sponsors bill to ban assault weapons

State Rep. Strom Peterson has introduced a bill that would ban the sale of certain assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Democrat Peterson introduced the bill before the Jan. 10 opening of the legislative session at the request of State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “This past year, we all watched in horror as the mass … READ MORE

The Herald of Everett, Washington
21st District State Reps. Ortiz-Self and Peterson both get opponents

Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 9:55 a.m.   Democratic 21st District State Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson both have opponents for the 2016 election. Libertarian Alex Hels has registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate against Peterson. No Republican has registered. Registering with the Public Disclosure Commission allows a candidate to … READ MORE

The Daily Herald
State grants Edmonds veterans memorial $77K, $25K still needed

The drive to build a 5,500-square-foot memorial park to honor veterans has gotten a big boost — a $77,000 grant from the state. Plans now call for construction to begin in June and for the memorial park to be dedicated Nov. 11, Veterans Day, said Ron Clyborne, who helped launch the drive for the park. … READ MORE

The Daily Herald
Treatment, not punishment, will limit opioid problems

President Obama did something remarkable this week. For the first time, a president talked about drug addiction in America without talking about prosecution, mandatory minimums or a war on drugs. For the first time, a president talked about a new approach to addiction — an approach rooted in being smart on treatment instead of just … READ MORE

The Daily Herald
Program helps track prescriptions to ensure they aren’t being abused

Calling addiction to opiates and similar drugs “a scourge,” Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday approved legislation that seeks to make better use of a state-sponsored prescription monitoring program to fight “doctor-shopping” by addicts. The bill (HB 2730) makes it easier for physicians and others prescribing drugs to get information about whether a patient has previously … READ MORE

The News Tribune
House passes Tacoma lawmaker’s sick leave law

On a party-line 51-46 vote, the state House passed a bill Tuesday that would require most businesses in Washington to grant employees paid sick and safe leave. House Bill 1356 would mandate that all but the smallest businesses in the state give their employees paid leave. Employers with more than four but fewer than 50 … READ MORE