Public Health calls for community safety as fentanyl-involved deaths rise

Public Health – Seattle & King County reminds our community that pills purchased off the street or online without a prescription likely contains illicit fentanyl—the drug that can lead to overdose and death. In just the past two weeks, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified 14 people whose lives were lost to drug overdose involving fentanyl.

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Alert: Three fentanyl overdoses deaths in one day

Public Health – Seattle & King County is alerting people to avoid pills from the street or online. The warning comes after three fatal overdoses were reported near the border of Kent and Renton on the morning of February 6, 2020. These three deaths were close together geographically and within a short time period, causing particular concern.

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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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What we learned from those we lost in 2017

When people die suddenly, unexpectedly or unnaturally in King County, their cause and manner of death is reviewed by our Medical Examiner. This review process helps us understand what happened to a given individual, but it also helps us identify, from a public health perspective, trends in death that our department can work to address. […]

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