Due to recent overdose deaths in northwest Washington, Whatcom County health officials are strongly encouraging people who use illicit drugs to understand the risk for fatal overdoses, especially overdoses from fentanyl.
While overdoses can happen from misuse of any opioid, fentanyl is especially dangerous because it is up to 100 times more powerful than other opioids. Fentanyl is most often seen in pills and white powders, including counterfeit pills that are made to look like prescription drugs. You cannot tell whether a pill is real or fake, or what is in it, based on how it looks.
Everyone should be aware of the harms associated with illicit drug use. Share this information with others in your community:
People who use illicit drugs should take steps to protect themselves: