Local authorities are sounding the alarm about overdose deaths in Yakima County many caused by the drug fentanyl. Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic says so far this year 65 people have died of an overdose with many deaths attributed to the drug fentanyl. 49 people died of an overdose in all of 2019 in Yakima County.
Brusic is part of a state opioid/fentanyl Outreach Committee that's made up of state officials, law enforcement and prosecutors. The committee is trying to educate communities about the dangers of fentanyl that have killed hundreds of young people in the state in the last five years. Brusic says the problem is that many young people buying street drugs like opioids don't know the pills they're buying are actually deadly fentanyl. They're called Blue-30's on the street. Brusic urges everyone including parents to watch for the Blue-30 pills, small blue pills with the number 30 stamped on the top. The pills are laced with deadly amounts of fentanyl that can result in a fatal overdose.