Washington State Representative Strom Peterson

State Representative Strom Peterson's office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 3/15/2019 8:17:21 PM.

What district of Washington do you represent?

 

District 21.

 

Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?

 

Far reaching.

 

What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?

Statewide Drug Take-back ('18) Recovery Support Services (HB1528).

 

What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?

I was a Prime sponsor of Statewide Drug Take-back.

 

Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?

Statewide Drug Take-back passed in 2018. HB1528 passed the House and is in the Senate.

 

What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?

Talking to families who lost loved ones and were willing to publicly share their stories.

 

If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?

Easy and affordable access to treatment and recovery services.

 

Are there any additional thoughts you would like to share?

As someone who has lost family members to this crisis, it is very personal to me.