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BREAKING: An opioid more deadly than fentanyl found on Seattle streets

SEATTLE (KOMO) — Right in the midst of the opioid crisis, another illicit drug has hit the streets of Seattle. Experts say it’s more potent and deadly than other opiods.

The DEA says carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl. It was first detected in Seattle in March. Experts insists its usage is “very rare” in the area, but nonetheless, it’s surfaced in the city.

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King County Sheriff: Warning – high school students died from fentanyl overdoses.

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King County Sheriff issuing public safety warning after two Sammamish high school students died from fentanyl overdoses. Here she shows an example of the counterfeit pills they’re finding on the street. Fentanyl is extremely dangerous and potentially deadly.

Ballard HS student latest local teen to die from accidental fentanyl overdose

SEATTLE — A Ballard High School student is the latest local teen to die from an accidental overdose of fentanyl from pills he thought contained just oxycodone, according to high school officials.

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Spike in King Co. overdose deaths linked to fentanyl-laced pills, powders

If you need Help: Opioids | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Cataldo Ambulance medics and other first responders revive a 32-year-old man who was found unresponsive and not breathing after an opioid overdose on a sidewalk in the Boston suburb of Everett, Massachusetts, U.S., August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The recent increase in overdose deaths in King County have been linked to fentanyl-laced pills and powders, officials confirm.

Between mid-June to mid-September of this year alone, there have been 141 suspected and confirmed drug overdose deaths, according to Seattle & King County Public Health. In 2018, there were 109.

M30 pills, also known as Oxycodone, were the most common synthetic opioid pain relievers used in Washington state, followed by V48 and A212 pills. White powders were also very common.

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BEWARE: Fentanyl overdose deaths up 70 percent in Wash., health officials say

Photo from Public Health Seattle & King County shows pills containing fentanyl that were sold on the streets of Seattle.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The number of people who died from an overdose of illicit fentanyl increased nearly 70 percent this year over last in Washington state, health officials said Wednesday.


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SPD Officers Use Naloxone, CPR to Revive man

Published on May 23, 2017
Police responded to a report of a man down in the 1500 block of 9th Avenue just before midnight and were quickly flagged down by a woman. The woman pointed officers to a man lying on the sidewalk, and said he had recently used heroin.

Officer Jared Levitt and Sergeant Dave Hockett saw the 40-year-old man was struggling to breathe and gave him a dose of nasal naloxone and began CPR a short time later.

SFD medics arrived and took over treatment of the man, who regained consciousness and was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

This incident marks the 16th time officers have used Naloxone since Seattle police began carrying it in mid-March. The case will become part of the ongoing study conducted by the University of Washington into SPD’s use of Naloxone for a possible department-wide deployment.

As a reminder, Washington law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose.

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URGE KING COUNTY TO FOLLOW THE OPIATE TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS


The opiate epidemic in King County is growing. The King County Opiate Addiction Task Force has recommended a new comprehensive strategy to fight this crisis, including the opening of two pilot safe consumption spaces. In these facilities, healthcare professionals can prevent overdose deaths, reduce the spread of diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C, and efficiently refer people struggling with addiction to treatment. Tell the King County Council to support this safe, effective, and scientifically proven method of responding to the opiate epidemic.

URGE KING COUNTY TO FOLLOW THE OPIATE TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

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Officer Performs CPR on Man Overdosing, Saves Life

Officer Performs CPR on Man Overdosing, Saves Life
Written by Detective Mark Jamieson on April 20, 2017 11:24 am

Just before 2:00 am Thursday morning officers responded to a report of a man overdosing in an abandoned house in the 1000 block of E. Republican Street. Officer Do located a woman inside the house, calling for medics and screaming that someone was dying. Officer Do entered the house and located an unconscious man lying on the floor. The man was not breathing and did not have a detectable pulse. Officer Do immediately began CPR on the man and continued until he regained consciousness. Seattle Fire personnel arrived and provided the man with additional medical aid. The 37-year-old man was treated at the scene and later transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

As a reminder, Washington law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose.

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Councilmember Bagshaw on Opiate Addiction Taskforce Findings

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia) issued the following statement following the release of the Opiate Addiction Task Force’s recommendations:

“Opiate addiction is a terrible reality, and it’s a problem that we have seen across the nation. Addiction clearly exacerbates the struggle for those seeking to overcome homelessness, which is why I’m so heartened to receive the Opiate Addiction Task Force’s findings. My goal as a Seattle/King County Board of Public Health member is to implement proven best practices in Seattle to reverse this opioid crisis and provide tested options for people.

“I’m particularly drawn to the Task Force’s recommendation that we enhance access to buprenorphine, which is an effective tool to treat opioid addiction. As Council considers next year’s annual City budget, I intend to identify funding for a Belltown facility that will provide professional buprenorphine access for those looking to conquer or suppress their addictions.

“I witnessed firsthand the success of a similar buprenorphine program on my study mission to San Francisco this past May. With clinical help and a physician’s counseling, buprenorphine can be obtained through pharmacies or health clinics across San Francisco. When addicts are ready to seek treatment, they should not be put on a wait list—they need treatment right away. That’s why we need ‘treatment on demand’ to dramatically reduce the number of people addicted to heroin. Bupe is one of the alternatives that works.

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Seattle braces for drug 50 times more potent than heroin

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From: Komonews.com

By Molly Shen Friday, April 8th 2016

Caleb Banta-Green tracks drug use through UW’s School of Public Health. He encourages users to have the antidote naloxone on hand, to buy time in an overdose.

“Fentanyl is extremely potent,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Doug James. “It takes microgram quantities to get high. An individual can overdose on less than a gram. It’s 50 times more potent than heroin, 100 times more potent than morphine.”

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