The nation’s opioid crisis is taking its toll on children across the Puget Sound region. Here’s how schools could offer hope:

EVERETT — The front office at Hawthorne Elementary School, built in 1952, was never imagined as a social-service referral hub, drug-counseling center or confessional. But that’s the role it has served for Tiffany Smith over the past two years, as she’s worked to rid herself of heroin addiction while raising three children.