King County records over 1,050 fentanyl deaths this year

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Washington’s King County recorded three fentanyl deaths in 2015.

But in 2023, the annual deaths from the drug has reached 1,050, and the year isn’t over. That represents a 47% jump over last year’s record-setting fentanyl fatalities.

The synthetic opioid that is killing so many Americans is being smuggled over the U.S. border from labs in Mexico.

Half of the county’s overdose deaths this year involved a combination of fentanyl and methamphetamine, according to a report by the Seattle Times.

Another 82 King County overdose deaths await pending toxicology reports, the report says.

American Indian and Alaska Native residents have by far the highest death rate from opioid overdoses, the Washington State Health Department says.

That statistical trend that is impacting Native families is mirrored nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The National Center for Health Statistics says there has been a 33 percent rise in drug overdose deaths including fentanyl among American Indians and Alaska Natives from 2020 to 2021, the second largest increase among ethnic groups in America. Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have seen a 47% jump in deaths.

Alaska’s fentanyl deaths went from 9 in 2018 to 145 in 2021. Some 633 overdose deaths involving opioids occurred in Alaska between 2018 and 2022, according to the Department of Health.

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  1. So I guess my only question is “Why are we not punishing the pushers with a murder charge rather than a slap on the had several time in their lifetime?” They know what they are selling is lethal, therefore a murder charge us warranted.

    • On a troopers report earlier this year there was a report of some lady being charged with murder because it was found that she supplied the fentanyl drugs to a person who overdosed and died.

      That’s whatever, but I think people are responsible for their very own actions. You decide to do drugs, you get what comes with that. If people weren’t taking them there’d be no market for them to be imported in.

  2. GOOD(!!!), for King County. Looks like you’re making wise and sound decisions. Reaping the rewards of your finely elected leaders and the skillful agencies that you employ.
    NOW(!!!), go forth and continue to procreate with the High-Brow and Progressive mindset that will most certainly generate another fine generation of like minded individuals that will no doubt pay immeasurable dividends and benefits for King County.
    MAYBE(?), us Alaskans can help in a small way and send you our Homeless?
    Best of Luck!

  3. Every illegal that crosses the border should be deported, no arguments, just every man, woman and child. Just deport and change the laws, lock the gates according to the new law that congress needs to get busy and work on. Six or seven million is beyond the pale. New armies of discontents, drugs and weapons. Crime at an all time high with the “crime” family, Joe, Jill, Hunter and children in the White House.

  4. Alaskans may believe Seattle is representative of the state. It is not. Washington State is quite rural but unlike Alaska has some connecting roads. The rural areas are quite conservative and are becoming more so by the day.

    • It’s a pointless comparison since the west coast controls their politics.

      In that sense they do represent Washington.

  5. Our two largest trading partners, China and Mexico, have been getting rich from the destruction caused by the the unchecked fentanyl importation into our country. It all points to complicity. Our government only pretends to be helpless to change this, so someone within our government must have skin in the game. So obvious. Cut the trade and it will all but stop.

  6. Joe Biden has done the impossible. He has actually turned the stomachs of the people that hate America, the deplorable Communist Leftists😳 Congratulations Brandon!!! TRUMP 2024🇺🇸🇮🇱

  7. It’s hard to share the Gospel with an addict still using. They have to be sober. All you have to do is pray pray pray pray. And pray some more. Bad chance that those lost 1050 souls didn’t have any one praying for them while they struggled and couldn’t even pray for themselves . The good thing about the death. Those 1050 souls have left their body behind. So they no longer have to struggle against addiction. But. If they went to Hell, they’d want to come back to their old body even if they had to struggle against the withdrawals, headaches, and temptations of addiction.

    That’s why the our Anchorage homeless their number one request is for others to pray for them. God always takes care of his own family. What or who concerns his family he moves and acts in our behalf even protecting that son or daughter if it’s his plan to prolong their life or save it.

  8. Where there is so much drug used there is severe spiritual illness. Drug users isolate themselves from themselves and others. Usually they are harboring a Satanic spirit I believe. wHat helps them is lots of prayers said aloud over them. Then leading them to Christ and immediate baptism. The evil spirit then recognize that human form is no longer their property. It will take two years after that for the person to heal spiritually and physically. Leave all gateway and other drugs alone in the meantime. Social workers may care but what is happening is evil versus good. The only strategy is congregational prayer perhaps multiple times. Social workers cannot believe a word addicts say, they are literally out of their minds and physically cannot get back in even if they want to. People who bring this stuff into America are haters of this nation and it’s inhabitants.

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