The Board of Health meets for the first time in 2023

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King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week the King County Board of Health held our first meeting of 2023. I am honored to sit on the Board this year as we work to address what I believe are some of the most urgent problems facing our communities right now. I am especially interested in continuing our work to expand treatment options for those facing a substance use disorder.

In King County, fatal overdose have tragically soared to crisis levels. In 2022, over 1,000 individuals lost their lives from an overdose, largely due to the spread of fentanyl, which is increasingly available through the illegal drug trade. Just last month, the King County Sheriff’s Department and the Burien Police Department took nearly 500,000 fentanyl pills, 400 pounds of methamphetamine, 25 pounds of fentanyl powder, and 31 pounds of heroin off the streets. At the federal level, the DEA seized over 379 million deadly doses of fentanyl in 2022 – enough to kill every single American.

I believe the severity of the problem before us demands a whole-of-government approach. I look forward to the discussions we will have on the Board of Health about this and will keep all of you up to date on future developments.

All my best,

Councilmember Reagan Dunn Signature

Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember
District 9

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