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Drug-related deaths on the rise in King County

Rick Bowmer
The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Public Health — Seattle & King County officials say drug-related deaths have continued to increase in the county, with fatal overdoses involving methamphetamine and fentanyl on the rise.

Last year, 415 King County resident dies from drug or alcohol use, according to The Seattle Times. That’s up from 379 in 2017, according to a report released Tuesday by Public Health.

Of those who died, 20-25 percent had been drinking alcohol but largely in combination with other drugs. Public Health found that 77 percent of people who died had multiple substances in their system.

Fatal overdoses from prescription opioids and heroin have remained stable in recent years, while fentanyl-related deaths doubled since 2017, climbing to 66 last year.

Illicit opioids were involved in the most deaths overall, but methamphetamine became the most common drug associated with overdose deaths for the first time.

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