Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

UW Daily: Deaths from Fentanyl Overdose Rise in Washington


The UW student newspaper, The Daily, recently spoke to ADAI’s Dr. Caleb Banta-Green about the rise in fentanyl overdoses in Washington state.

“Based on the evidence that we’ve seen, basically any pill that you’re getting not directly from a pharmacy is 99% likely to be fentanyl, not oxycodone,” Banta-Green said. “You don’t know what you’re getting. You don’t know how strong it is. And you don’t know how it’s gonna impact you.”

“Never let a friend sleep it off,” Banta-Green said. “If you can’t wake them up, you need to assume they are never going to wake up, you need to call 911, and you need to understand that you will get protection for minors in possession and drug possession charges.”

Find the article here.