Inslee talks education, carbon tax and opioid crisis

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Attorney general sends allegations against King County to PDC for review

The complaint filed by I-27, an initiative that would ban heroin injection sites, was against the county, the Department of Public Health – Seattle and King County and King County Department of Community and Human Services and alleged that the agencies were violating Washington State law.

It outlines that King County Health violated a state law by using public resources to pay for and promote Facebook advertisements opposing citizen-led I-27.

http://www.kirklandreporter.com/news/attorney-general-sends-allegations-against-king-county-to-pdc-for-review/

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Prescription drug abuse increasingly seen as a major U.S. public health problem

Today, 76% of the public says that prescription drug abuse is an extremely or very serious public health problem in America, compared with 63% who said the same in 2013.”

Concerns about mental illness are also up slightly from 2013. Currently, 72% say mental illness is an extremely or very serious public health problem, compared with 67% who said this four years ago

Nearly eight-in-ten whites (79%) say prescription drug abuse as an extremely or very serious public health problem, a 17-percentage-point increase from 2013. Among nonwhites, 73% view prescription drug abuse as a major problem, little changed from four years ago (65%).

Two-thirds of nonwhites say smoking is an extremely or very serious public health problem, while 42% of whites say the same.

Many Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (78%) say mental illness is an extremely or very serious public health problem, compared with 63% of Republicans and Republican leaners. The partisan gap is about as large in views of AIDS, with 54% of Democrats and 39% of Republicans viewing it as at least a very serious public health concern.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/11/15/prescription-drug-abuse-increasingly-seen-as-a-major-u-s-public-health-problem/

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Seattle council approves $5.6B budget that boosts spending on homelessness, opioid crisis

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-council-approves-5-6b-budget-that-boosts-spending-on-homelessness-opioid-crisis/

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Nearly half of Americans have a family member or close friend who’s been addicted to drugs

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/10/26/nearly-half-of-americans-have-a-family-member-or-close-friend-whos-been-addicted-to-drugs/

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