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It is time to regain the momentum and save lives.

by Rick Larsen

I am doing everything in my power to build momentum to combat the opioid crisis in our communities.

Last week, I reached out to share my report on the opioid epidemic, and this week I want to share an op-ed I wrote for Cascadia Daily News.


We know that the opioid epidemic is devastating the Pacific Northwest. Between February 2022 and February 2023, Washington state had the largest percentage increase of drug overdose deaths in the United States. In the five counties in Washington's Second Congressional District, the majority of overdose deaths can be attributed to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Beyond the raw statistics is the sobering human cost of the opioid epidemic. Please take a moment today to read the full article and learn more about what we are doing to combat this crisis.

It is time to regain the momentum to combat the opioid epidemic and save lives.

More soon,


Posted on February 15, 2024.