City Maker Breakfast

Formerly known as “Focus Forward,” this informational series resumes this fall under a new name. Over a light breakfast, we’ll discuss one provocative topic each month, exploring issues impacting downtown and the broader city. Guests will hear from a panel of experts and have time for Q & A. DSA produces these events in partnership with Gallatin Public Affairs. Starting in fall, this series will move to Palace Ballroom on Fifth Ave.

Join Us

Friday, Nov. 17

Doors 7:30 a.m.
Program 8–9 a.m.
Q&A and networking until 9:30 a.m.

Palace Ballroom
2100 Fifth Ave.
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$15.00

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The opioid epidemic: A local look at a national problem

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in this country, surpassing traffic accidents and gun violence. Overdoses are also now the leading cause of death in Americans under age 50.

Locally, overdose deaths have increased in each of the last seven years in Seattle and King County. Last year alone, a record 332 people died from a drug overdose in King County – an estimated 75 percent from opioids.

Our November City Maker Breakfast will examine the heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing our community. Our expert panelists will discuss city and county efforts to curb this lethal trend, the barriers to effective treatment, the ripple effects of addiction, and new approaches being examined to battle this epidemic.Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in this country, surpassing traffic accidents and gun violence. Overdoses are also now the leading cause of death in Americans under age 50.

Locally, overdose deaths have increased in each of the last seven years in Seattle and King County. Last year alone, a record 332 people died from a drug overdose in King County – an estimated 75 percent from opioids.

Our November City Maker Breakfast will examine the heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing our community. Our expert panelists will discuss city and county efforts to curb this lethal trend, the barriers to effective treatment, the ripple effects of addiction, and new approaches being examined to battle this epidemic.

Panelists

Molly Carney

Molly Carney  /  Executive Director, Evergreen Treatment Services
Evergreen Treatment Services is a private, nonprofit agency that has been offering medication-assisted treatment for adults with opioid disorders since 1973. Dr. Carney is trained as a clinical psychologist and has worked in substance-abuse treatment and research since 1986. Evergreen has four clinics serving 3,000 adults a year.

Brad Finegood

Brad Finegood  /  Assistant Division Director, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division
Co-chair of the King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Task Force, Finegood has worked in the behavioral health field for 20 years. He has provided service in prevention, outpatient, residential and medication-assisted treatment. Finegood’s younger brother passed away of an overdose.

Thea Oliphant-Wells

Thea Oliphant-Wells  /  Social worker, King County Needle Exchange
Oliphant-Wells is in long-term recovery from opioid use disorder and has personal experience with homelessness, mental illness and the criminal justice system. She is currently working as a social worker for the Public Health Needle Exchange program in Seattle, helping people get care, resources and other support.

Chad Winfrey

Chad Winfrey  /  DOC Officer Specialist, West Precinct
Winfrey works with two SPD partners on the Neighborhood Corrections Initiative Task Force. This unit focuses on fugitive apprehension and connecting people to treatment and the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. Winfrey works out of the West Precinct in downtown Seattle.

By invitation only for DSA members and Gallatin Public Affairs clients and friends (limit one guest per attendee, please).