Public Health of King County is warning opioid users to take precautions when taking the drug after the Medical Examiner’s Office reported the presence of a powerful synthetic opioid in a batch of counterfeit oxycodone pills.
Results from the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory detected fentanyl in the pills. Fentanyl is up to 100 times more potent than heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making overdoses more likely.
Fentanyl has no taste or odor, and likely won’t be detected before a person uses the tainted pills. The Public Health Department recommends taking precautions before using to keep unsuspecting people safe from overdose such as carrying Naloxone, a spray that can interrupt the effects of opiods and prevent overdose.
Naloxone can be found at King County needle exchange locations.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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