Northwest HIDTA unites public health and public safety expertise, perspectives, and resources to recognize trends and identify solutions to combat Washington’s overdose epidemic. This collaboration is led by our Overdose Response Strategy team, where representatives from public health and law enforcement sectors work together to share information, support evidence-based practices, explore novel and promising strategies, and promote prevention activities.
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In 2021, more than 2,250 people died from a drug overdose in Washington State.
The number of overdose deaths in Washington State rose by nearly one third from 2020 to 2021.
The driving factor is fentanyl:
Roughly 53 percent of Washington State overdose deaths involved fentanyl in 2021. The second highest contributor to overdose deaths was methamphetamine.