Jinyoung Lee Englund Urges Heroin Injection Site Ban
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August 10, 2017
WOODINVILLE, WA – Jinyoung Lee Englund urged the city councils of Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland, and Duvall to ban heroin injection sites. Over the last several weeks, Auburn, Bellevue, and Federal Way City Councils each voted unanimously to ban heroin injection sites in their cities. The city of Sammamish plans to ban injection sites next month.
“Our opioid crisis demands proven, compassionate solutions, not dangerous experiments that have failed in Canada,” Englund said. “Since British Columbia opened their heroin injection site in 2003, overdose deaths have skyrocketed 468 percent while its community has become increasingly unsafe. These sites are wrong for our community and will do nothing to save lives.”
Englund also expressed concern that the sites will raid millions from the Mentally Ill and Drug Dependent (MIDD) budget that funds services for the those suffering from mental illness and treatment programs to get people off lethal narcotics.
“People suffering from addiction need a way out that includes rebuilding relationships and proven treatment methods. A proposal that raids funds for the mentally ill and chemically-dependent to keep people addicted to drugs does nothing to actually help people overcome addiction,” said Englund.
State Senator Mark Miloscia (R) of Federal Way proposed legislation this year to ban heroin injection sites. While it passed in the Senate, it was blocked in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
A King County group has submitted 70,000 signatures to put a ban on the ballot to allow voters to decide, but Englund believes the communities she is seeking to represent shouldn’t wait.
“People are suffering and dying from heroin overdoses on a daily basis. We need to act now if we are going to save lives,” she said. “I hope our cities can follow the lead of neighboring jurisdictions to demand proven, compassionate solutions to this crisis.”
Jinyoung’s passion is in creating educational and economic opportunities for women, children, and the most vulnerable among us. This has led her to serve with a nonprofit in southeast Africa as well as a speaker, contributor, and advisor on technology and innovation for startups and for commanding officers in the United States Marine Corps. Jinyoung is happily married to Geoff Englund, an active duty Marine who has served 17 years of combined enlisted and commissioned service and is currently forward deployed in Asia. Both of their families have been Washingtonians for multiple generations and both are proud alumni of the University of Washington. Learn more about Jinyoung at jinyoungenglund.com or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter (@jinyoungenglund.)