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Background

Addiction and homelessness impact many people in the Greater Seattle Area. Due to the opioid and fentanyl epidemics, the housing crisis, and structural and systemic factors, more people than ever are struggling with substance use disorder and housing instability. While these issues can feel insurmountable, our almost 40 years of service attest to the life-changing impact of individualized, holistic addiction recovery treatment combined with wraparound services and connection to stable housing.

 

Read below to gain insight into how addiction and homelessness affect the people in our community, and explore more of our story to learn how we address these issues in an informed, effective way.

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A recent study found that, out of all 50 states, Washington:

  • Has the 3rd highest percentage of adult drug users

  • Has the 3rd highest percentage of adults with unmet drug treatment needs

 

In 2022 there were 1,008 overdose deaths in King County, a 43% increase from 2021.

 

Overdose deaths in King County have been on the rise, jumping 20% between 2019 and 2020 and 39% from 2020 to 2021.

In 2021, the age-adjusted rate of fatal overdose was highest in Downtown Seattle.

Sources:

WalletHub, Drug Use by State: Problem Areas

Public Health – Seattle & King County, King County Fatal Overdose Dashboard

Public Health – Seattle & King County, 2022 Overdose Death Report

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