Senator McGuire and Supervisor Bass To Host Second Town Hall in Eureka

Mar 28, 2018

As promised in November 2017, North Coast Senator Mike McGuire and Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass are set to host another town hall meeting on the Opioid Crisis that plagues Humboldt County and much of the United States. 

Previously reported by KHSU, the state of California was given a federal grant to combat the opioid crisis with Humboldt County receiving part of the relief. This included nearly $4.9 million through a local coalition for opioid safety Rx Safe Humboldt which would be split over the course of two years. More information on the second town hall is below.

From the Office of California State Senator Mike McGuire: 


Eureka, CA – Senator Mike McGuire and Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass are bringing together an impressive group of statewide experts, health professionals, local leaders and addiction specialists to hear about progress being made to combat the ongoing opioid crisis on the North Coast.

Last November, Senator Mike McGuire and Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass brought the community together for a collaborative conversation about the opioid crisis at home and across the state to kick off the discussion that would advance potential solutions on the North Coast. Now, as promised, McGuire and Bass will bring the community together for an important update and progress report. 

The State of California, County of Humboldt and the City of Eureka will discuss strategies being implemented at all levels of government to tackle the opioid epidemic, with progress reports from North Coast treatment providers including Open Door Community Health Center, Aegis Treatment and Waterfront Recovery Center. We will also hear about harm reduction efforts including needle exchange and syringe litter management programs being implemented at the county and city level as well as receiving a report from the California Department of AIDS on statewide efforts on harm reduction and disease control.

Panelists at the Town Hall include:

Progress Report from North Coast Treatment Providers:

  • Dr. Julie Ohnemus, Associate Corporate Medical Director, Open Door Community Health Centers
  • Alex Dodd, Chief Executive Officer, Aegis Treatment Centers
  • Dr. Ruby Bayan, Medical Director, Waterfront Recovery Center 

Harm Reduction & Prevalence Reduction – Syringe and needle exchange and disposal

  • Dr. Karen Mark, Chief, Office of AIDS, Center for Infectious Disease, California Department of Public Health
  • Sarah Kerr, Chair & Founding Board Member, Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction
  • Chief Steve Watson, Eureka Police Department
  • Connie Beck, Department of Health and Human Services

Continuum of Care: Sober Living Environments

  • Pete Nielsen, Executive Director, California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

Town Hall details:

WHAT: Town Hall on the Opioid Crisis on the North Coast: Coming back together for solutions

WHEN: This Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm

WHERE: Sequoia Conference Center, located at the Humboldt County Office of Education, 901 Myrtle Avenue

WATCH LIVE: The Town Hall will be livestreamed at