by Tacoma Weekly staff
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has reached out to school districts in Pierce County with an offer to educate students in every junior high, middle school, and high school about school violence and school threats.
At Ford Middle School, the prosecutor, his Chief of Staff, Dawn Farina, and Deputy Prosecutor Sarah Eaquinto delivered the first of what are expected to be numerous in-school presentations.
“It’s our duty in the Prosecutor’s Office to help keep the community safe. This includes keeping your school safe and keeping each one of you safe,” Lindquist told the students.
Farina assured the students that, “School violence and threats against schools will always be taken seriously. Whether someone is joking or not, making a threat against a school is a crime. For your safety, we have to take any threat seriously.”
The presentations are short but packed with information, and Lindquist’s team plans to always make time for a few questions.
Students were receptive to the presentation and the hope is, if equipped with good information, students can play a role in keeping their school and their classmates safe.
It is a project many school administrators are eager to have for their students.
by Tacoma Weekly staff
County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist filed a federal lawsuit against the three largest manufacturers and marketers of prescription opioids in the United States: Purdue, Endo, and Janssen.
“Where there is harm to the community, there should be accountability for the corporations,” said Lindquist. “I’m a career prosecutor and this is the first time I’ve asked the County Council to file a lawsuit. I’m confident we have a strong case.”
Prescription opioids are a class of powerful pain relievers, including OxyContin. The chemical make-up of these prescription drugs is nearly identical to heroin.
Revenues for the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these drugs have skyrocketed. Purdue has generated estimated sales of more than $35 billion from opioids since 1996.
The lawsuit contends the opioid crisis was created by the aggressive marketing practices of pharmaceutical companies that provided false and misleading information to doctors and patients. The companies claimed opioids were not addictive and were a safe way to treat long-term and chronic pain.
Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of death in the United States, surpassing fatal car accidents. In Pierce County, opioid use has reached crisis levels. From 2012 to 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths in Pierce County rose to 423. More than half of the local homeless population is reported to be addicted to opioids. Crime is also driven by opioid addiction.
By Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, first published in The Tacoma Weekly
“Years ago, my mother used to say to me, ‘In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant.’ Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.”
I’m quoting Elwood P. Dowd, the hero of “Harvey.” This classic holiday movie starring Jimmy Stewart is about a dipsomaniac and an invisible, six-foot, three-and-a-half-inch tall rabbit. Elwood P. Dowd says things like, “I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state I won out over it.”
This is not the sort of stuff you would expect a serious candidate to quote on his Facebook page, but I know a candidate who did.