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Clark County deputies armed for drug overdose, train to use opioid antidote naloxone

The sheriff’s deputies passed around a little vial and spray nozzle. One blast of naloxone from the vial, per nostril, can revive someone left unconscious by an opioid overdose, saving their life. “You giving them Narcan and waking them up … Continue reading

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Ellensburg heroin meeting packs City Hall

Two drug overdose deaths this spring in Ellensburg have left so many people concerned that organizers scrambled to find enough seats at City Hall for a town hall meeting about heroin Tuesday night.

A panel of community members from law enforcement, drug treatment, emergency medicine, intervention and public health said heroin use is growing locally.

Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Chief John Sinclair said one medic has “seen more heroin overdoses in the last 12 months than he’d seen in 18 years prior.”

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Heroin in Kittitas County

Kim Hitchcock, a Central Washington University student, runs her own mobile addiction relief operation out of the back of her Ford Edge. She manages a needle exchange, conducts hepatitis tests and gives overdose response training, all with her own money and on her own time.

“I’m out every night,” she said.

She’s a recovering addict, and it helps her gain access to a community that might not otherwise seek help. From her perspective, riding out at all hours to help, heroin use is on the upswing in the county.

“It’s rising and I haven’t seen it rise like this — and I grew up in Seattle — since the 80s,” she said.

The handful of overdoses in the community in the past two to three years, including one that killed a local man Friday, follow a larger state trend that seems to show heroin use has been on the rise in the past several years.

It would be inaccurate to say the city is awash with drugs, Ellensburg Police Capt. Jim Keightley said, but officers have noticed an uptick in heroin through their investigations.

“It seems to be making a comeback,” he said.

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Reaching out to users can help save lives

When he heard about last Friday’s apparent overdose death in Ellensburg, Caleb Banta-Green said he saw a perfect combination of everything that can go wrong with an overdose.

“That all could have been prevented,” he said.

Banta-Green is a researcher at the Alcohol and Drug Dependence Institute at the University of Washington.

“Most overdoses are witnessed, and it takes multiple hours for an overdose to be fatal,” he said.

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Data points to more heroin use in rural areas

An analysis of evidence sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab for testing since 2001 shows heroin use in Washington is growing in mid-sized cities.

As part of his work, Caleb Banta-Green, a researcher at the Alcohol and Drug Dependence Institute at the University of Washington, studies the epidemiology of opiate addiction and overdoses.

When he heard about an apparent heroin overdose that claimed the life of an Ellensburg man on April 12, he looked at his data on how much heroin is showing up at the crime lab, and found something he didn’t expect.

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More arrests in overdose death investigation: Suspects face firearms, evidence tampering and drug charges

Ellensburg police officers arrested two more suspects Wednesday in connection to an apparent overdose that killed a man Friday, according to a news release.

Ellensburg’s Evan E. Bailes, 27, was booked into the Kittitas County Jail on charges of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, evidence tampering and possession of a controlled substance.

A second subject, a male juvenile, also was arrested and booked on charges of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and evidence tampering.

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Two held in man’s apparent overdose death

Two Ellensburg residents are in jail on $125,000 and $200,000 bail for their alleged involvement in a man’s death after an apparent heroin overdose.

The two were arrested Friday after allegedly supplying James E. Long, 41, with heroin before he overdosed and died, authorities said.

At a first appearance hearing Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Scott Sparks set bail for Raechelle B. Fleury, 20, at $125,000 and at $200,000 for Ian G. Weaver, 28. The two face charges of controlled substances homicide, a class B felony.

Controlled substance homicide can apply in cases where a person delivers drugs used by someone who subsequently overdoses and dies.

A probable cause statement read in Kittitas County Superior Court Monday said police and medics responded at about 11 a.m. Friday to a call made by Fleury’s father, who said Fleury told him Long had stopped breathing.

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