Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office release:
Over the last month, the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has seen two fentanyl overdose deaths. Based on toxicology reports, both individuals appear to have been using heroin laced with fentanyl. It’s unknown if the individuals knew about the presence of the fentanyl at the time of use. While these types of overdose deaths have been increasing across the country, these are the first fentanyl drug-related deaths recorded by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office in several years.
Did you know that you can help fight the opioid epidemic?
Eighty percent of heroin users first began their addiction with prescription drugs. Many of those drugs were obtained from a relative or friend. Prescription opioids can be just as addictive as heroin, possessing similar chemical qualities as the street drug. Unused, unwanted or expired medications sitting in your home are a silent danger, waiting to fall into the wrong hands. The community can help protect the next generation by properly disposing of these medications, decreasing the chance for the prescriptions to be abused. Drop off your unwanted prescription medications at our medication disposal bin on the ground floor of the Courthouse!