drug abuse

May 9, 2018

KING COUNTY, WA—Drug and alcohol use caused the deaths of 379 King County residents in 2017, an increase from 348 in 2016, according to two new reports published today by Public Health – Seattle & King County and the University of Washington

April 30, 2018

She took one hit of heroin and “ended up dead for a few seconds,” recounted UW Medicine psychiatrist Richard Ries, describing a patient.  Years later, though, the woman got married and returned to college.

August 10, 2017

Drug use caused the deaths of 332 King County residents in 2016, a new record, with opioid-involved overdoses accounting for more than two-thirds of those deaths, according to an annual report published today by the University of Washington’s 

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Washington State Department of Health, Julie Graham, 360.810.1628

May 10, 2017

The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in Washington in 2016, according to a joint investigation of state agencies.

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