- The King County Medical Examiner’s Office director recently said during a Board of Health meeting they are nearly out of room for more bodies
- In October, officials reported 710 total fentanyl deaths in King County in 2022, more than 2021’s entire total
- Already In the first three weeks of 2023, 35 overdose deaths have occurred
The drug epidemic in Washington state is so bad that some local coroner’s offices are at capacity or have nearly run out of space for the bodies of those who have died from overdoses.
According to officials with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, the department is struggling to keep up with the number of incoming bodies as the fentanyl crisis continues and worsens.
‘A key indication of just how bad things are at the end of 2022 and likely to get worse [in] 2023, the medical examiner’s office is now struggling with the issue of storing bodies because the fentanyl-related death toll continues to climb,’ Seattle-King County Public Health Director Dr. Faisal Khan recently said.
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