Opioid Crisis In Wash. State 'Unique,' Judge Told

By Emily Field (February 8, 2022, 9:34 PM EST) -- An epidemiologist said Tuesday during the Washington state attorney general's trial against opioid distributors that while the state serves as a microcosm of the broader opioid epidemic, the way in which the crisis has affected the Native American populations is unique to the state.

Dr. Caleb Alexander of Johns Hopkins University, who has testified on behalf of local governments in other litigation over the opioid crisis, said that Washington stands out for the high proportion of Native American and Native Alaskan populations and the extent to which the epidemic has decimated these populations is "noteworthy and distinct."

"The high degree of...

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