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Bobbie Lee operating the FTIR machine to check drug composition

Spokane site begins checking drugs to reduce overdoses

Bobbie Lee Moskaloff, a drug technician and supervisor at Compassion Addiction Treatment in Spokane, tests a sample of methamphetamine for chemicals the drug could be laced with. (COLIN MULVANY/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW) Spokane site begins checking drugs to reduce overdoses: ‘People will look at this as enabling, but we’re saving lives’ By Treva Lind A downtown Spokane site has joined a statewide drug-checking network aimed at reducing overdoses. It’s also a glimpse into what’s new in the illicit

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Spokane addiction treatment center hoping for more collaboration, better solution to downtown crime

Hoping for More Collaboration

Spokane addiction treatment center hoping for more collaboration, better solution to downtown crime SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane addiction treatment center is speaking out against Spokane’s new approach to crime and drug use downtown. Last week, Mayor Woodward and Spokane Police gave an update on their recent emphasis to address crime near 2nd and Division. In the press conference, SPD said they significantly increased police interactions and arrests that have removed guns and drugs from

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Co-Founder Hallie Burchinal outside of Compassionate Addiction Treatment

A lifesaver

‘A lifesaver’: Compassionate Addiction Treatment to host second annual fundraiser in support of their no-barrier programs By Emma Epperly  When Drew Matthews, 33, was living on the streets a place to charge his phone, get coffee and feel welcomed was rare. That’s what he found at Compassionate Addiction Treatment. “It was like a lifesaver sometimes,” Mathews said. “It kind of pushes you to want to get clean.” Matthews was still using methamphetamine when he began stopping

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Hallie Burchinal, founder of Compassionate Addiction Treatment - Difference Maker

Difference Makers: Hallie Burchinal

Bringing personal experience to helping low-income residents get addiction help ByEmma EpperlyFinding what she was meant to do has been a decades long quest for Hallie Burchinal. She has waited tables, worked with disabled adults, opened a natural food store, run a successful business importing goods, owned an old-fashioned toy store, worked to bring young mothers out of homelessness, and been an advocate for people right after they overdosed to help get them into treatment.

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Breayan Lane, 21, visits the new Compassionate Addiction Treatment facility, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in downtown Spokane. Lane was able to get housing with the help of the center.

They’re going to be out on the streets

‘They’re going to be out on the streets’: New downtown addiction treatment center meets people where they are By Emma Epperly A new low-barrier addiction treatment center in downtown Spokane, Compassionate Addiction Treatment, plans to meet people where they are in order to build a community focused on recovery. Hallie Burchinal, her wife Kelli Eddings and her sister Trudy Frantz have all worked in addiction treatment and outreach to people experiencing homelessness for years. One Saturday

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