Sadly, there has been a recent increase in overdose deaths in King County, driven largely by fentanyl found in illicit pills and powders. According to the health department, these deaths are occurring more frequently among people 18 or younger.
We are sharing this information from Public Health - Seattle & King County so that you are aware of the danger and can discuss this information with your students:
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:
Many different treatment options are available across King County, including medications to treat opioid use disorder. Visit the Washington Recovery Help Line
http://www.WArecoveryhelpline.org or call 1-866-789-7511.