Washington county faces 57 opioid overdoses in 1 week

Between July 9-15, Snohomish County in Washington reported 57 opioid overdoses, two of which were fatal, according to K5 News.

This figure is nearly double the amount of opioid overdoses tallied for the same seven-day period last year.

Of the 57 reported opioid overdoses, 34 were men and 20 were women. In three cases gender was not reported. Twenty-one opioid overdoses occurred among individuals between 21 and 30 years of age. Seventy-seven percent of the opioid overdoses victims were white.

Additionally, the Corrections Bureau of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office in Everett, Wash., reports 32 percent of individuals booked during the seven-day period were inmates under opioid withdrawal watch. Sixty-one percent of the opioid overdoses were caused by heroin.

To address the county's opioid addiction issues, Snohomish Health District is partnering with the Snohomish County Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination Group.

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