Port Angeles to host town hall meeting about opioid abuse

PORT ANGELES — The city will host a town hall meeting May 9 about what is being done to stop and treat opioid abuse in the area.

The town hall meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in city council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St.

“What will be demonstrated at the meeting is there is a network of people working together on this problem and it’s not just law enforcement,” said Deputy Chief Jason Viada of the Port Angeles Police Department.

“It is people from the medical profession and other professionals that are all working together on this.”

The panel, which will be made up of at least 12 people, will be composed of law enforcement, medical professionals and others working to stop and treat opioid abuse in the area.

The meeting was scheduled after comments made at a recent council meeting about the heroin problem in the area.

Councilman Michael Meridith suggested during the April 4 meeting that the city host the meeting.

“There are needles in our parks … crap on the walls, language on the walls and folks are fed up with all of this,” he said, adding that parents are worried about having kids play in local parks.

“It’s not getting better; it’s getting worse.”

Other council members agreed the city should host the meeting.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at jmajor@peninsula dailynews.com.

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