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Tulalip Community Health Dept. holds overdose awareness event


August 16, 2017 | View PDF

In response to three recent overdoses in the Tulalip community, the Tulalip Community Health Department is holding an overdose awareness event on Aug. 31, to coincide with International Overdose Awareness Day.

The event is at the Tulalip Community Health Department’s new building at 7615 Totem Beach Road from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jenna Bowman, director of the Community Health Department at the Tulalip Tribes, said that the recent overdoses have been hard on the community.

“It’s an ongoing problem, of course, but this is such a small community,” she said.

“I am a Tulalip Tribal member myself, so I know this is a close community and events like this touch heart and home and many people will know someone affected,” she said.

Because International Overdose Awareness Day they hoped to do something “specific for this community” said Bowman.

The health department has several activities planned for the evening including Narcan training and remembering those who have passed.

Participants will be invited to build a rock garden “as a memorial to those we have lost or just those who have struggled with addiction,” said Bowman.

Bowman said the plan is for the garden to remain at the department’s new building.

“Recently we had an old tribal building that was restored and is now serving as the new Tulalip Community Health building,” she said.

The awareness event also serves as a way to introduce people to the new building for the health department.

Bowman hopes that people leave the event with more awareness about how to deal with addiction.

“Family members might be unaware of the signs of addiction if they don’t know someone or have never gone through it themselves,” she said.

The Tulalip Tribes recently adopted a Good Samaritan law, said Bowman, which provides protection from drug prosecution to those who are trying to get another person medical attention for an overdose.

Bowman also hopes to get the word out about that law, and similar Good Samaritan laws in the area.

Bowman invites the Tulalip community and anyone else who wishes to come to event on Aug. 31.

More information is available from the Tulalip Community Health Department by calling 360-716-5662.


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