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Forwarded on behalf of Public Health of Seattle and King County.
Sadly, there has been a recent increase in overdose deaths in King County, driven largely by fentanyl found in illicit pills and powders. These deaths are occurring more frequently among people 18 or younger.
WHAT IS FENTANYL?
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug that is approximately 100 times more powerful than other opioids. Fentanyl is often added to illicit street drugs such as fake pills and white powder. Fentanyl and other opioids cause overdose by slowing breathing and eventually can cause death.
WHERE HAS FENTANYL SHOWN UP LOCALLY?
WHAT TO DO TO PREVENT FATAL OVERDOSES:
Know the signs of an overdose or excessive opioid use. Someone may be overdosing if they: