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Statewide bill introduced to outlaw public drug use exposure of fentanyl and meth

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LAKE STEVENS—House Bill 2002 would make it a gross misdemeanor—or a class C felony if a minor is involved—to knowingly or intentionally exhale the smoke of fentanyl, methamphetamine, or their derivatives in a public space within 10 feet of another person, or within an enclosed public space with another person. The landmark bill, introduced by […]

Health Department plans to use fentanyl settlement dollars to combat growing epidemic


SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., September 27, 2023—According to the Snohomish County Health Department, more than 860 people in the county have died of overdoses since the start of 2020, and 658 of those were opioid-related. The total had already passed 80 fatal overdoses within the first quarter of 2023, more than half of them tied to […]

Man linked to seven overdoses in county jail found guilty of fentanyl possession

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EVERETT, Wash., August 28, 2023—Back in May of this year, an inmate held in the Snohomish County Jail in Everett was accused of possessing fentanyl in a county jail, which led to the overdose, and subsequent hospitalization, of seven other inmates. Justin Michael Sims, 37, from Arlington, was booked into jail on May 16, 2023, […]

Fentanyl smoke exposure sends two deputies to the hospital

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BOTHELL, Wash., May 30, 2023—The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that two of its deputies were transported to hospital after secondhand exposure to fentanyl smoke in a routine nuisance complaint check. At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29, two Snohomish County deputies were investigating a nuisance complaint near the 3900 block of 164th […]

Two arrested in drug bust, thousands of fentanyl pills seized

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., May 25, 2023—Seattle Police Department announces its narcotics detectives, along with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations, arrested two suspects and seized both fentanyl and heroin in Everett on Tuesday morning. Over the course of last few months, detectives worked in conjunction with federal partners regarding a large […]

Narcan saves baby at Everett hotel exposed to fentanyl

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EVERETT, Wash., May 25, 2023—The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) detectives are investigating young children being exposed to fentanyl in a South Everett hotel room. On May 23, around 2:45 p.m., deputies responded to a South County Fire assist at Holiday Inn Express located in the 130 Block of 128th Street SW […]

Arlington man linked to seven fentanyl overdoses inside jail

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EVERETT, Wash., May 18, 2023—Additional charges have been filed against Justin Michael Sims, the suspect linked to a widespread fentanyl exposure of seven inmates Wednesday night at the Snohomish County Jail. Sims, 37, from Arlington, was booked into jail on May 16, 2023, for Theft 3 warrants stemming from an Arlington Police investigation. At approximately […]

National Fentanyl Awareness Day: A time of remembrance

National Fentanyl Awareness Day

WASHINGTON, D.C, May 9, 2023—The Drug Enforcement Administration is proud to join “Song for Charlie” and many of our valued law enforcement, public health, and non-profit partners in recognizing National Fentanyl Awareness Day. Today represents an important opportunity to remember the victims of fentanyl poisoning and educate people in our communities about the deadly threat […]

Fentanyl awareness event on May 23 at Mukilteo City Hall

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Mukilteo, Wash., May 2, 2023 — Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine is pleased to announce that the City of Mukilteo will be hosting a Fentanyl Awareness Event on Tuesday, May 23rd, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Mukilteo City Hall.  In Snohomish County and across the United States, opioid overdose deaths are rising year over year. In 2022, […]

Sheriff Fortney discusses the fentanyl crisis with journalist Sam Quinones

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EVERETT, Wash., March 27, 2023—Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney, interviewed American journalist and author, Sam Quinones, on his podcast Friday, March 24, where they discussed the rising fentanyl crisis in the United States. Before the interview, Quinones presented to law enforcement and local elected officials his research, and observations, of drug trends across the states […]

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