Seattle area drug-related deaths now dominated by pills

The majority of drug-related deaths in the Seattle area are now due to prescription medications like OxyContin rather than illicit drugs, according to this article in the Seattle Times. Of the 240 drug-caused deaths in King County last year, 130 involved prescription opiates such as methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl or morphine, the article says.

Read more about the pill epidemic in Washington state here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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