More people have died from overdoses so far in 2022 than in all of 2021
More people have died of overdoses in King County so far this year than in all of 2021.
"Since 2019, the number of overdose deaths in King County has grown exponentially, jumping by 20% between 2019 and 2020 and 39% between 2020 and 2021. By October 15, 2022, 710 overdose deaths had occurred in King County, surpassing the total number of deaths in 2021."
Fentanyl is being blamed for 70% of all confirmed overdose deaths to date this year. Prior to 2018, that number was below 10%.
The health department also says that the most disproportionately impacted communities in King County are: people experiencing homelessness; American Indian and Alaskan Native and Black residents; and communities in Seattle and South King County.