Talk with a Doc: Cannabis use while pregnant and breastfeeding

Now that retail cannabis is legal in Washington, there’s a lot of speculation about its potential benefits and harms. Whether it’s marijuana, edibles, CBD products, or any other form, the choice to use cannabis during pregnancy and breastfeeding is nuanced—people have different circumstances and situations that may contribute to using cannabis. However, it is not […]

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Update: Carfentanil found in syringe at scene of January overdoses

Update as of 3/19/19: On March 8, 2019 Public Health received additional testing results from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab from a syringe found at the scene of multiple overdoses that took place in the north area of Seattle on January 17, 2019. The syringe was found to contain carfentanil, in addition to heroin. […]

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What we love about 2018

We’re nearing the end of 2018, and that means it’s time to look back at our department’s hard work with partners throughout the year for a healthier community. Just a few things that made us proud this year Protecting family planning: Our Family Planning program successfully defended key programs threatened by federal policy changes. Addressing […]

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We’ll be blunt: Don’t get high and drive

‘Tis the season for ugly sweater parties, holiday revelry, and celebrating with friends and family! Keep the season merry for yourself and others by taking part in another important tradition: planning before you party.

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Statement on state Supreme Court I-27 ruling

Today, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that Initiative 27 was outside the scope of local initiative power. Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County said, In 2016, the 38-member Heroin and Prescription Opiate Task Force issued recommendations that included opening and evaluating sites to prevent fatal opioid overdoses, called […]

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