The Public Health Notebook: Snapshots from October 2019

The Public Health Insider has more information on how new WIC cards make a better experience for clients, and also on how to recognize the signs of overdose and where deadly fentanyl has been found. With health insurance enrollment beginning, you’ll find lots of information on our website about  enrollment events where you can get […]

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Fentanyl awareness materials to share with our communities

With the recent uptick in fatal overdoses due to fentanyl found in counterfeit pills, Public Health wants to be sure everyone has the information they need to stay safe. Read and share the following information with everyone you know: Do not consume any pill that you do not directly receive from a pharmacy or your […]

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Overdose update: Recent increase in overdose deaths linked to fentanyl-laced pills and powders

Update October 3, 2019 – Public Health officials continue to be concerned about increases in fentanyl overdose deaths in King County, driven by fentanyl found in counterfeit pills and in powders. As we reported below, between mid-June and mid-September 2019, there have been 141 suspected and confirmed drug overdose deaths. Since September 26, 2019, there […]

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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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Illicit fentanyl found locally in fake opioid pills

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office received results from the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory late last week that what looked like a bag of oxycodone pills came back positive for fentanyl. The large amount of fake pills were found on a decedent in King County. While the cause of death of the individual is […]

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