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Renton City Council passes resolution opposing the siting of illegal substance injection facilities inside city limits and potential annexation areas of the city

August 15, 2017

City of Renton Contacts:

Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569

RENTON, WA – On Monday, August 14, Renton City Council unanimously passed a resolution banning the location of supervised illegal substance injection facilities in and around city limits.

Resolution 4317 opposed the siting of illegal substance injection facilities within Renton City limits or within areas of incorporated King County associated with the potential annexation areas or urban growth areas of the City of Renton.
The Council noted that the siting of a supervised injection facility within the City of Renton to facilitate illegal drug use would be detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Renton.

The city recognizes the challenges of heroin and prescription opioid addiction that is widespread in King County. Mayor Denis Law served on the King County Heroin Prescription Addiction Task Force, along with the mayors of Seattle and Auburn, to confront the issue and develop recommendations to address this issue. While Mayor Law supported seven of the eight proposed recommendations of the task force, he openly opposed the siting of injection facilities.

The city has worked hard to implement several of the recommendations including raising awareness of available treatment and disposal options, installing a drug disposal kiosk at city hall for unwanted or expired medicines, and expanding the distribution of naloxene.

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The City of Renton, Washington, with a population of 102,700 (2017), is located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, just south of Seattle. Renton's strong economic base, diverse marketplace and favorable business climate have attracted the attention of nationally recognized companies that are providing employees and their families an outstanding quality of life. Renton is the home of Boeing, PACCAR, IKEA, the Seattle Seahawks, and the eternal resting place of Jimi Hendrix. More information can be found on our website, or Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor pages.