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America’s Opioid Epidemic in Our Own Backyard

Coming August 23, 2017

America's opiod epidemic in our own backyard

America is in the midst of an opioid-abuse epidemic, which has caused a startling rise in overdoses and deaths from these highly addictive drugs.

Opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record according to the Center for Disease Control.. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription. Our county is not immune to this tragedy. Our speakers will describe the dimensions of drug abuse in Whatcom County and how our health professionals and law enforcement are dealing with the challenges.

Speakers:

Cindy Hollinsworth is a Registered Nurse who is the manager of the Communicable Disease Division at the Whatcom County Health Department. She manages the Syringe Services Program for Whatcom County and is a member of the local Opioid Taskforce Safety Committee which focuses on naloxone distribution and safe drug takeback for Whatcom County. Cindy is a member of the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, the Washington Nursing Action Coalition Leadership Committee and the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials.

Dr. Adam Kartman is a family and emergency physician who is a passionate advocate for those in need of medical treatment for opiate use. He trains first responders in the use of naloxone to prevent death from an opiate overdose. He transferred from Southern Arizona to the Pacific NW, twenty-six years ago, as a Lt. Commander in the US PHS-Indian Health Service, to work as medical director at the Lummi Tribal Health Center.
He is board certified in Addiction Medicine. At present, he partners with multiple teams of medical professionals, to provide inpatient and outpatient treatment services in Northwest Washington. With naloxone reversal of opiate overdose, these teams have documented over 122 lives saved locally in the past 18 months.

11:50 Buffet lunch served – 12:15 Program starts – 1:30 Program ends – Northwood Hall – 3240 Northwest Ave.


Whatcom County Council Forum (District 3 and At Large)

Coming Sept. 27, 2017

Whatcom County Council Form District 3 and At Large

A Forum for Districts 1 and 2 is scheduled for the next City Club meeting, October 25

11:50 Buffet lunch served – 12:15 Program starts – 1:30 Program ends – Northwood Hall – 3240 Northwest Ave.


Special meeting scheduled for Oct. 5, 2017

Bellingham United Debate Club

Katie Clarke takes on a Mount Vernon competitor at Sedro-Wooley's SPAR debate

Katie Clarke takes on a Mount Vernon competitor at Sedro-Wooley’s SPAR debate

Our semi-finalists at State Debate - Caroline Chen, Kieran Dang, Bryce Henshaw, Haley Reed

Our semi-finalists at State Debate – Caroline Chen, Kieran Dang, Bryce Henshaw, Haley Reed


Debate Topic:

GMO? or NO?

Advantages and disadvantages of Genetically Modified Organisms are debated by students from the three Bellingham High Schools.

Oct. 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


 

Whatcom County Council Forum (Districts 1 and 2)

October meeting scheduled for

Oct. 25, 2017


 

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About City Club Programs

Founded in 1993, the Bellingham City Club is a non-partisan civic organization with over 450 members that fosters dialogue and debate on important issues facing our community. City Club meets for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Ave, Bellingham, WA).

  • 11:30 a.m.: Doors open
  • 11:50 a.m.: Buffet lunch is served
  • 12:15 p.m.: Program start
  • 1:30 p.m.: Program end

Lunch costs $13 for members, $18 for non-members and $5 for Young Adults (29 and under) when purchased in advance on Brown Paper Tickets; a limited number of tickets may be available at the door at the cost of $15 for members and $20 for guests. The program is open to the public.