One Pill Can Kill

 

"One Pill Can Kill" Campaign Seeks to Educate on Dangers of Fentanyl 

As Fentanyl continues to impact Oregon and the Metro area drastically, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to highlight the dangers of Fentanyl. In an effort to bring awareness, the Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with partners from around the county to educate community members about its effects on the community. Many have been affected by what Fentanyl can do; learning a tiny amount of the synthetic opioid in your system can be deadly. Fentanyl is roughly 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

 

Working with community partners, the Sheriff’s Office offers a four-week campaign titled "One Pill Can Kill" to provide education regarding the dangers of fentanyl.

 

Check back regularly for updates on this campaign.

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  • Week One (July 13th) will give an introduction of what Fentanyl is, which will include an interview with Washington County’s Health Officer Dr. Christina Baumann, M.D.

    video icon Dr. Christina Baumann video

    Resources mentioned by Dr. Baumann during her video interview: 

  • Week Two (July 20th) focuses on the type of cases the Sheriff’s Office Westside Interagency Narcotics Team are seeing around Washington County. The video below includes an interview with one of our narcotics investigators from the WIN team. Due to our investigators periodically working undercover, we have disguised their voice and identity.

    video icon Narcotics Investigator video

    This year, the WIN team has seized more than 33,000 fraudulent pills suspected of containing Fentanyl. In 2020 they seized 14,000 fraudulent pills suspected of containing Fentanyl and just over 500 in 2019. The WIN Team has investigated 17 overdose deaths in 2021; 13 of them are suspected to be caused by Fentanyl.

    2021 WIN overdose investigation victim age breakdown: 

    • Under 18: 1

    • 18-25:  8

    • Over 25: 8
       

  • Week Three (July 28th) highlights our partners, Metro West Ambulance and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, providing details about Fentanyl related calls, their first-hand experiences, and the usage of Naloxone (aka Narcan).
     

  • Week Four will focus on what we can do as a community to help address issues surrounding Fentanyl, provide tools and resources to help combat this deadly drug, and speak with a local community member about their struggles with Fentanyl and other drug usages.  

 

In week three of the "One Pill Can Kill" campaign, we're featuring our partners at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) and Metro West Ambulance about the calls they are responding to related to Fentanyl. The video above gives insight of first-hand experiences, the usage of Naloxone (aka Narcan) and how the dangerous drug Fentanyl is affecting our community. 

Recently, TVF&R and Metro West Ambulance have responded to several overdose calls where they are finding the person has taken pills laced with Fentanyl that were not prescribed by a doctor. These calls usually generate responses from partnering agencies, such as the Sheriff’s Office, to help administer Naloxone to people who are overdosing. Unfortunately, not all calls have had a positive outcome.  
 

According to Metro West Ambulance, the first half of this year alone, they have had 74 Naloxone reversals. This does not include every overdose call as some have not reached the level of requiring the use of Naloxone. The ambulance service has also noticed that this issue is affecting not only younger people, but older adults as well, including some patients in their 70s.