Overdose deaths continue in the city of Yakima as more pills containing fentanyl flood the area and kill people. Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said so far 23 people have died from overdoses in Yakima County, 60 to 70 percent of whom are suspected fentanyl overdoses. He says Yakima County had a record 98 overdoses last year, half of which were related to the deadly drug fentanyl. This time last year, the county had 38 recorded overdose deaths.

More men have died in Yakima County this year than women

This year, of the 23 people who have died so far, 14 were men and 9 were women. One person was 19 years old, 3 were between 20 and 29 years old. 7 people were between 30 and 39 years old, 3 between 40 and 49 years old and 4 people died of an overdose. this year between the ages of 50 and 59. Curtice says 11 were white, 5 Native American, 5 Hispanic and 2 African American have overdosed in Yakima County so far this year.

The number of people overdosing statewide is growing every year

It’s not just a problem in Yakima, it’s a big problem statewide. Washington State Department of Health officials say 2,000 people died of drug overdoses in the state in 2021, a 66% increase from 2019.
Local authorities are still on the lookout for people selling deadly drugs on the streets of Yakima. In March, members of the Yakima Drug Enforcement Agency task force arrested a 28-year-old man and seized thousands of fentanyl pills and other drugs. During the arrest in Yakima, police said they were able to seize some 77,000 fentanyl tablets, $17,000 in cash as well as other drugs and firearms.
Curtice says the number of opioid-related deaths has been rising in Yakima County for years and he expects the number to increase in Yakima throughout the spring and summer.

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