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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.

From: KOMO NEWS

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SHAME ON HOMELESS AND CITY COUNCIL: Armed guards watch over North Seattle cemetery after vandalism, homeless complaints

SEATTLE – For the first time, armed guards watched over the children placing flags at historic Jewish cemeteries in North Seattle Wednesday night.

Families said they were forced to bring in security because of ongoing complaints about homeless campers, vandalism and just on Tuesday, people having sex on the tombstones.

Every year for a more than a decade, children come to honor the sacrifice of fallen veterans just before Memorial Day, but this year there’s a first at the Bikur Cholim and historic Sephardic Jewish cemeteries—armed security guards. Former Israeli Defense Forces keeping a close eye on the children placing 200 flags on veteran’s graves ahead of the holiday.

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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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