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We need a better approach.

The War on Drugs is still ruining lives in Washington. Criminalization is a step backward and creates barriers between people and the help that they need. A band-aid isn’t enough. Our State’s substance use disorder crisis is a long-term problem that can't be solved with temporary fixes. Treatment First Washington is committed to addressing Washington's substance use disorder crisis with a proven public health approach that reduces barriers to treatment and builds pathways to recovery.

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What Leaders Around Washington Are Saying

Carmen Pacheco-Jones
Carmen Pacheco-Jones
"I credit treatment, not jail, with helping turn my life around."
Ret. Police Captain Les Liggins
Ret. Police Captain Les Liggins
"We need a public health solution to substance use disorder."
Kurtis Robinson
Kurtis Robinson
"Prosecution and incarceration don’t work. I’m living proof that treatment works. Treatment needs to be the first thing, not the last thing after all these other things we’ve been trying for so long."
Molly Carney, Ph.D
Molly Carney, Ph.D
"Arresting people doesn't help them recover from substance use disorders."

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