Reps from Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties hold summit on opioids
As the opioid crisis spreads nationwide, local leaders are trying to find solutions to the crisis right here at home.
Officials from Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties met Friday for a summit on the opioid crisis.
They say the tri-county area loses an average of one person every other day to an opioid overdoes.
More than 200 local leaders took part in the summit, and agreed swift action is needed.
"The deaths are just the tip of the iceberg, the reality is that we are creating havoc in our communities and our families and on our employers and it's time to do something about it," Dwight Holton with Lines For Life said.
The group discussed ways to combat the opioid epidemic in Oregon and Washington, and heard from families who have been personally affected by the crisis.