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Brad Finegood

Strategic advisor, Public Health - Seattle & King Co.

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Brad Finegood, MA, LMHC, is a Strategic Advisor at Public Health - Seattle & King County. In this role he leads the overdose prevention efforts for Public Health. Before this he was the Drug and Alcohol Coordinator and the Health Integration Specialist for the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division for King County. In this role, he co-chaired the County’s Heroin and Prescription Opioid Task Force. He has a Master’s in community agency counseling with a Specialty in substance use from Western Michigan University. He has over 25 years of experience in the drug and alcohol field in both direct service and government. He has given two TED talks on the issues of substance use. Most important of all, he is the survivor of a brother who died of a drug overdose.

Scheduled Appearances


Fentanyl’s Fatal Fallout

Crosscut Festival 2023
Sat May 6, 2023 | 3:45pm

Seattle is in the midst of a fentanyl crisis, a drug 50 times more potent than heroin. Used with other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine, it can be deadly even in small doses. In 2022 there were 310 overdose deaths in Seattle, more than half of those from fentanyl. We’re joined by experts on the front lines of this effort to hear what can be done to address this issue.

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Featuring: Darcy Jaffe, Brad Finegood, Julian Saucier, Andrew Engelson

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About the Festival

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

headliners gala

Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.