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June 19, 2018

A new UW Medicine study strongly associates the use of intravenous heroin – in particular the black tar variety popular in the Pacific Northwest – with an untreatable kidney disease that often leads to dialysis and death.

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

January 23, 2018

Methamphetamine use has risen among Washingtonians who use needle-exchange programs, according to a survey of injection drug patrons.

August 12, 2017

Drug-use deaths hit a record of 332 in King County last year, with two-thirds of those opioid-related overdoses, according to a new University of Washington study.

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

Heroin overdoses claimed the lives of 132 people in King County in 2015, and treatment admissions involving that drug surpassed those of alcohol for the first time, according to an annual report published today by the University of Washington’s

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a 32-member task force charged with finding ways to better address the regional heroin epidemic.

Heroin deaths in the Seattle-King County area rose 58 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to an annual report published today by the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.

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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