King County is located in the northwest portion of Washington. Home to Seattle, King County is the largest county in Washington state and the 13th most populous in the world with over 2 million people as of the 2010 census. But being this large and densely populated comes with a price, and for most major city areas that means drug abuse. Addiction is a major problem in King County. From 2015 to 2017, there were an astounding 928 drug overdose deaths in the area, according to County Health Rankings. This shows how badly more effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation services are needed to help save and improve people’s lives in King County. Anyone struggling with substance abuse should get help as soon as possible. There are different treatment options available in King County, so call and speak with someone about what’s best for you. Make sure you are completely honest with them about your drug use so they can help you safely become drug-free.
Overdose deaths are the most drastic and immediate consequences of heavy drug abuse. It can happen from taking too much of nearly any substance, however, this is much more likely when that substance is potent and heavily concentrated. This is the case with drugs that commonly cause overdoses like opioids, methamphetamines, and tranquilizers. Opioids have been a problem King county for some time now. Responsible for a multitude of overdose deaths, opioids kill by causing respiratory depression to the point of suffocation and death. Thankfully, access to lifesaving drugs like Narcan has improved and more lives are saved now. But more people are overdosing than ever before, so it’s hard to feel like this is progress.
Methamphetamines are another drug that has caused problems for King County. Overdosing on methamphetamines can cause death from heart complications. The drug wasn’t infamous for killing people until recently since its potency has drastically increased. This is because the drug is now produced mainly by Mexican drug cartels who smuggle it into America. With the means to run large-scale laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, meth is now more potent than ever. And it’s available in America for a fraction of the price of twenty years ago. When America tightened down on sales of all the ingredients used to make the drug, Mexico’s cartels took advantage of the opportunity in a country with fewer regulations. It went from a backyard, small-batch product to the industrial-strength version today. And people are dying frequently from it.
Tranquilizers are yet another drug that quietly plagues the region. Becoming increasingly popular, drugs like Xanax cause a severe dependency that should not be taken lightly. These drugs kill from overdose similar to opioids. But they can be even more dangerous because they lower inhibitions in the user much like alcohol. They also impair memory, so the person may end up engaging in very risky behavior and not remember it. This can include taking more and more tranquilizers, sometimes to the point of death. It can also lead to consuming other drugs or alcohol, which can have a compounding sedative effect when combined with tranquilizers and greatly increase the risk of overdose. Tranquilizers can also kill from withdrawal. Quitting tranquilizers can require medical detoxification, a process used to safely get someone off drugs like benzodiazepines or alcohol.