Some Christian women outside Seattle started a book club that transformed into a support group for parents of addicted children. Their approach ran contrary to their community's conventional wisdom.
"Just continually putting people in jail, that's not doing anything for them," says an Everett, Wash. police officer who connected with one drug user, Shannon McCarty, and helped her get off drugs.
A rural county in Washington declared the opioid epidemic a life-threatening emergency. It uses a multiagency coordination group straight out of FEMA's playbook to respond to the crisis.