Fentanyl Overdoses Rising In Washington

Fentanyl Overdoses Rising In Washington

30-50 Times More Powerful Than Pure Heroin

OLYMPIA, WA – Overdoses from fentanyl are rising in Washington State.  The Department of Health reports they’re finding illicit fentanyl in new forms and that’s causing an increasing number of overdose deaths.

In the first half of this year there were 81 deaths linked to fentanyl versus 48 deaths in the same time last year.  That’s an increase of 70%.

They have found the illicit form of the drug in a variety of counterfeit pills made to look like prescription opioids.  They’ve also found it in white and colored powders, and they say it could potentially be present in any illicit drug.

A press release from the department says it’s a dangerous development for heroin and other opioid users who may be unaware when drugs contain fentanyl.  Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times as strong as pure heroin and a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be fatal to an average-size person.

If you or someone you know has a drug problem, help is available through the Recovery Helpline.  The number is 1-866-789-1511.

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