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‘Those were the darkest days’: How key budget cuts fueled Washington’s opioid crisis

A woman holds her 15-day-old son at Evergreen Recovery Center in Everett where babies who suffer withdrawal after being born get help as the opioids withdraw from their bodies. 

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Facing a budget crisis during the Great Recession, state lawmakers made key cuts to anti-addiction programs. Those actions are still reverberating today.

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