Healthcare providers in Seattle and across the country are getting more tools to help fight a drug epidemic.
The federal government has announced $2.8 million in grants to clinics in Washington. It's part of a broader plan to fight opioid abuse.
Susan Johnson is the U.S. Health and Human Services Director for the Northwest. She said there's a reason we're hearing about an epidemic.
"In Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, we lose an average of 153 people a month," Johnson said. "This was in 2014, from drug overdoses. Far more than deaths caused by car crashes."