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January 27, 2015 at 1:46 PM

Heroin deaths in Snohomish County a serious problem

The Associated Press

EVERETT — The Snohomish Health District says deaths from heroin and drugs like oxycodone are a serious problem in the county, which includes Everett.

From 2011 to 2013 the county had about 20 percent of such deaths in Washington, although it has about only 10 percent of the state population.

To help prevent overdose deaths the county is rolling out a pilot program to distribute naloxone kits at needle exchange sites in north Everett and Tulalip.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a drug that can be delivered in a nasal inhaler to a person passed out. It counteracts the effect of a heroin overdose, which can cause a person to stop breathing.

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