The Pierce County Opioid Summit 2020 was held on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Pacific Lutheran University.
The Tacoma-Pierce County Opioid Task Force, a group of local and state stakeholders, has been actively working to find real and sustainable solutions to the opioid epidemic. The yearly summit is a culmination of the Task Force’s work and your attendance and participation is crucial to build on the successes and partnerships created over the last 2 years.
In 2017, Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young and Tacoma City Councilmember Conor McCarthy convened representatives from multiple sectors as the Pierce County Opioid Task Force. The Pierce County Council declared a “State of Opioid Crisis,” which paralleled a Presidential declaration, and sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee urging him to declare Pierce County in a state of emergency. The City of Tacoma filed a lawsuit in 2017 against three opioid manufacturers and the county followed suit in early 2018.