Seattle Running Out Of Storage For Dead Bodies As Fentanyl Crisis Worsens

Seattle Running Out Of Storage For Dead Bodies As Fentanyl Crisis Worsens


The surge of fentanyl-related deaths in Seattle has risen so high that the county is running out of room to store the dead bodies.

King County has averaged more than one fatal fentanyl overdose death every day this month; 31 cases through January 22. Last year, over two-thirds of the fatal overdoses reported in the county came from fentanyl use. The 1,019 fatal overdoses constituted the highest number the county has ever recorded, KTTH noted.

“The Medical Examiner’s Office is now struggling with the issue of storing bodies because the fentanyl-related death toll continues to climb. Obviously, they have finite space in the coolers they use, and that space is now being exceeded on a regular basis,’” Seattle-King County Public Health Director Dr. Faisal Khan admitted recently. He

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