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Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I encourage you to read this article recapping my recent King County Conference on Addiction Disorders that summarizes some of the event’s key content, including stories from those in recovery. 

Addiction is an issue that touches so many lives here in King County. Studies show that during the pandemic, more people are turning to substance use to deal with stress and isolation. That’s why it’s critical that we work together now, as a community to fight the stigma of addiction and the feelings of shame, failure, and hopelessness that prevent people from seeking help. Recovery is always possible, and there’s support and treatment available for anyone who is ready to take that step.

This week, I introduced two pieces of legislation: one that would direct Best Starts for Kids levy funding to bolster substance abuse prevention in youth, and another that would raise awareness of King County’s Secure Medicine Return program that helps reduce the risk of prescription medicine falling into the wrong hands.

Remember—anyone who is struggling with mental health or substance use disorders can get connected to treatment and resources by calling SAMHSA's National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)—a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service.

All my best,

Reagan Dunn

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Reagan Dunn
Vice Chair
Metropolitan King County Council