Overdose deaths in Seattle area at record high, topping 1,010 in 2023

Article originally appeared on thepostmillennial.com.

King County, Washington has surpassed last year’s record number of overdose deaths with two month remaining in this year.

According to the King County overdose deaths data dashboard Washington’s most populous county may also have set a record for the state with 1,010 overdose deaths in 2023. 1,001 people died from overdoses in all of 2022.The majority of the deaths were attributed to Fentanyl. Overdose deaths from fentanyl have spiked over the past few years. In 2019 there were 109 deadly fentanyl overdoses, 168 in 2020, and 385 in 2021, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to KOMO News, approximately four people die from a drug overdose every day in the Seattle area.

Across the county, from January to the end of July, EMS crews responded to 4,868 overdoses, significantly more than the 2,947 during the same time period last year.

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