The opioid epidemic is getting worse and recreational drugs are now being laced with fentanyl. According to the CDC: “Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is often added to other drugs because of its extreme potency, which makes drugs cheaper, more powerful, more addictive, and more dangerous.”
These fentanyl-laced drugs are being sold as non-opioid substances including stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine.
Because of this new phase in the epidemic, King County saw a 43% increase in opioid deaths in 2022 from the previous year. We need to come together as a community to help our friends, family, and colleagues.
Here are some resources to learn more about the opioid crisis and how you can help: