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Whatcom jail expands medication program for opioid users

Blunting fentanyl cravings one weapon against drug epidemic

A blue jail sign is posted outside of the county jail.
The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office reached a settlement agreement in 2019 with the American Civil Liberties Union to enable opioid users in the jail to receive medications to relieve withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of future overdose deaths. The program expanded considerably in 2022. (Ron Judd/Cascadia Daily News)
By Ralph Schwartz Staff Reporter
As the number of deaths by fentanyl overdose climbs locally and statewide, the Whatcom County Sherif

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