My proposal to declare fentanyl a public health crisis passes committee

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am happy to share that earlier this week, my legislation to declare fentanyl a public health crisis in King County unanimously passed the Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee.

The spread of fentanyl through our communities is nothing short of heartbreaking and tragic, claiming the lives of too many people—sons, daughters, sisters, brothers—across our County and nationwide. According to the King County Medical Examiner Office’s Fatal Overdose Dashboard, the number of people in King County who died from a fentanyl overdose more than doubled last year alone. So far in 2022, we are on track to set yet another new record—roughly 238 people have died from fentanyl, a 43% increase compared to this time last year. This is why in addition to declaring the public health crisis, my legislation would task King County with identifying strategies and recommendations to amplify its efforts to reduce fentanyl-related deaths.

This is an urgent issue that demands we dedicate our full attention and resources to reducing the fentanyl death rate. I am grateful to my colleagues for their support in committee and will continue to update you as it moves to the full Council.

All my best,

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Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember
District 9

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