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Seattle Police Respond To Three Fatal Heroin Overdoses In One Day
Remind public of "Good Samaritan" law

January 08, 2017




Boiling up heroin. Photo by Hendrike. License, Creative Commons 3.0

Chronicle staff

(SEATTLE, WA.)  --  It's no secret that many areas of our state are in the midst of a heroin epidemic along with other states in the nation. Smack is plentiful, cheap and easy to buy.

And with that epidemic (some health offcials call it a heroin/opiod medical crisis) comes overdoses, lots of them. The OD's often end in death for the heroin user. Take for example yesterday, Saturday.

As 2 pm Saturday Seattle Police and Seattle Fire Department medics had responded to four reports of overdoses along the Aurora Ave. North corridor in North Seattle.

Three of those incidentss were fatal. The fourth patient was receiving emergency care at Harborview Medical Center.

Seattle Police say the overdoses occurred in the 7800 block of Aurora Avenue North., the 900 block of North 80th Street and the 900 block of North 102nd Street.

North Precinct bicycle officers canvassed the area for known heroin users and alerted them to, "The dangerous purity levels first responders have encountered today," said an SPD statement.

Police remind all residents that our state's "Good Samaritan" law offers legal protection against drug possession charges to anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose.   

If you or anyone you know is overdosing on drugs, the SPD says please remember you can call 911 for help without fear of prosecution. That law was designed to help curb deaths associated with prescription drug and opiate abuse. It provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for you and the person overdosing If you call 911 to report an overdose.

“If you’re with someone and they’re having an overdose, you will not be arrested for providing the person with assistance,” said SPD Narcotics Unit Captain Les Liggins in an April 2012 statement.

If you or someone you know is an opiate drug user, King County health officials can also provide you with a life-saving drug, Narcan, which disrupts the effects of an opiate overdose.

Anyone may also turn over heroin or other drugs to police for destruction by contacting officers via 911 or at one of the police department's five precincts.

"Given these latest reports, if feel you need to use heroin, please don’t do so alone," said an SPD statement released Saturday.

For more information on preventing opioid overdose deaths you can visit stopoverdose.org.

For a report that explains in 600 words how America ended up in this medical crisis/epidemic click here.






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