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Public health officials say Spokane County appears to be mirroring the state trend for opioid overdoses.

The Washington Department of Health reported Tuesday that 418 people died from overdoses during the first quarter of 2021. That’s up from 378 during the first quarter last year.

Spokane Regional Health District officials say they also suspect that overdoses are increasing in the county, but they cite a different indicator.

Spokane Agencies Warn Of Growing Presence Of Fentanyl

Oct 21, 2020
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Federal and Spokane authorities have announced a new public education campaign to announce the growing presence of the deadly drug fentanyl in eastern Washington.

Keith Weis from the Drug Enforcement Administration said on Wednesday that drug cartels are shipping more and more fentanyl made in Mexican labs to the Northwest because it’s easy to make and profitable.

Fentanyl Death Numbers Increasing In Washington

Dec 5, 2018
National Library of Medicine

Washington’s Department of Health says the number of deaths due to fentanyl overdoses was up 70% during the first half of 2018. That’s compared to the same six-month period last year.