Drug overdose data shows an alarming trend in recent years – Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington 2021-07-19 16:30:00 –

Deaths from drug overdose in King County appear to be a concern in recent years.

King County recorded 510 drug or alcohol-related deaths in 2020. This is the highest measurement in over 10 years. In the previous year, 422 people died from overdose, but by 2021, 367 people have already been recorded (as of July 14).

As a worrying trend, fentanyl-related deaths have increased dramatically over the last decade. Between 2008 and 2015, fentanyl-related overdose rarely exceeded 12 deaths a year.

According to the King County Medical Inspector’s Office, there were more than 170 deaths from fentanyl in 2020.

In just over mid-2021, the county has already recorded more than 160 fentanyl deaths and more than 50 toxicological results are still pending.

Methamphetamine-related deaths also tend to be nearly exponential in King County. According to county data, only 16 deaths were due to overdose of methamphetamine in 2008, compared to 236 in 2020.

More than 1,700 deaths from overdose were reported in 2020, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates a 37% year-on-year increase in Washington State.

CDC data also show a national trend of increasing mortality from overdose, with an estimated increase of nearly 30 percent per year.

Social isolation and stress during a pandemic may not play a major role in the long-term picture of the trend, but experts and research show that it certainly did not help.

At some point in the pandemic, a CDC research study reports that 40% of adults in the United States suffer from mental health and substance use. Over 30% admitted that they were experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety, and 26% reported symptoms of trauma and stress-related disorders.

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