Seattle & K. C. has been alerted to an increasing trend in fentanyl-involved overdoses

Public Health — Seattle & King County has been alerted to an increasing trend in fentanyl-involved overdoses in the unstably housed population.



Public Health — Seattle & King County has been alerted to an increasing trend in fentanyl-involved overdoses in the unstably housed population.

In both May and July 2021, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified 10 fatal overdoses involving fentanyl in unstably housed individuals, which is 5 times the amount of fatal fentanyl overdoses seen in the preceding months.

Locally, fentanyl is most commonly found in counterfeit pills. These pills are often blue and marked with “M30” and referred to as “oxys” or “percs.” Fentanyl has also been found in white powder drugs and, more rarely, in black tar heroin.

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