Reports say underage alcohol and marijuana use are local problems

August 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2015

In November, about 50 community leaders gathered in the YMCA Village Community Room in the Issaquah Highlands.

Several topics were mentioned but the one most seemed to think is on the rise in the Issaquah area and the Eastside is drug abuse, particularly marijuana and heroin.

Speaking at the November meeting, Mayor Fred Butler referred to the interrelated problems of what he called “DHM,” which stands for “drugs, homelessness and mental illness.” He added he probably has spent more time on those issues than any others.

“It touches on everything,” Butler said. “We are committed to trying to make a difference.” Read more

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To the Editor — April 22, 2015

April 21, 2015

Council candidates

Decide what you want to do and how before filing

As a former Issaquah council member, I would like to add my support to Nina Milligan’s letter to prospective council candidates. In addition to what she said, I would add that council members find quickly that if they got involved because of a specific issue they want to push, that whatever is their issue it will be maybe 5 percent of the time they spend for the city.

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Issaquah Court takes aim at rising heroin addiction among youths

April 14, 2015

With jurisdiction over Issaquah, North Bend and Snoqualmie, the Issaquah Municipal Court dealt with 767 nontraffic criminal cases in 2014, Municipal Court Judge N. Scott Stewart said in his annual report to the Issaquah City Council on March 24.

In the past year, perhaps the biggest change to come to the court was creation of a young adult calendar. It is largely aimed at dealing with one specific problem.

“There’s a heroin issue that has developed,” Stewart said.

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Heroin use is on the rise in Issaquah and King County

December 30, 2014

Over a year ago, in June 2013, then-Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said the use of heroin locally was on the rise.

“It appears the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” Ayers said.

The situation has not improved.

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New blog hopes to reach teens with mental health, drug issues

December 30, 2014

With topics ranging from managing panic attacks to managing eating disorders, a new blog site for Issaquah- and Sammamish-area students already is covering a lot of ground.

“‘Mindfulness’” should have been the 2014 Word of the Year, because I’m seeing it everywhere. There’s even a new magazine called ‘Mindful,’ available on newsstands…”

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Heroin is becoming ‘a problem’ in Issaquah

June 4, 2013

A growing number of possession, dealing and overdose cases in Issaquah point to a shifting trend in heroin usage.

A number of local entities, including police, school and emergency rescue officials, said the situation, which has extended to affect a wide area, has only slow and complicated solutions.

Police Chief Paul Ayers said in an interview that the presence of the hard narcotic has seen a marked increase in the city in the past year. Pointing to the number of arrests local police make that involve heroin possession and lengthy dealing investigations, he said heroin has taken the place of a larger methamphetamine presence that existed previously.

“I would call it a problem. It appears that the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” he said, adding that he did not want to speculate on specifics. “We don’t have real accurate information on it.”

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