A woke Seattle health official is disregarding the possible health concerns of second hand fentanyl smoke by encouraging addicts to use in public in case they have an overdose.
‘I really hadn’t ever heard of fentanyl smoking on the bus when I was hired by Metro,’ Seattle Metro bus driver Stevon Williams told KOMO News. ‘I don’t want to be put in a predicament where I’m around drugs every day on my job – I didn’t sign up for that.’
Williams said in the interview that he’s now on medical leave while he gets tested for possible second-hand fentanyl exposure.
In the same report, Seattle & King County Public Health social worker Thea Oliphant-Wells is quoted from a 2022 county report on substance abuse.
‘We don’t want people to be using in private spaces alone, we want people to be using in a place where if they overdose they can be discovered and helped through that overdose,’ she said. The KOMO report notes that Oliphant-Wells refused an interview on Williams’ allegations about smoking being rife on city buses.
Seattle Metro bus driver Stevon Williams is on medical leave due to fentanyl exposure after he complained of drug users smoking the substance on his bus
Seattle & King County Public Health social worker Thea Oliphant-Wells said in a 2022 report that society should encourage addicts to use drugs in public
‘I just know when we’re sick, we should be checked and listened to,’ Williams said.
He went on to say that he regularly sees drug users smoking on the bus while sitting next to mothers with young children.
Despite this, ‘It’s the drug users, they’re looked out for first,’ Williams added.
Oliphant-Wells, a recovering heroin addict, is quoted from the 2022 report as saying: ‘It’s important to note when you see fentanyl reporting that you take a really take a critical eye because there is a lot of misinformation out there.’
At the start of 2023, officials with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office said the department was struggling to keep up with the number of incoming bodies as the fentanyl crisis continues and worsens.
‘A key indication of just how bad things are at the end of 2022 and likely to get worse [in] 2023, the medical examiner’s office is now struggling with the issue of storing bodies because the fentanyl-related death toll continues to climb,’ Seattle-King County Public Health Director Dr. Faisal Khan recently said.
Officials said they are looking into temporary options to counteract the finite amount of space available in the morgues.
‘We have options for temporary morgue surge capacity when our census count gets high, including storing decedents on autopsy gurneys and partnerships with funeral homes,’ a public health spokesperson told KTHH.
‘We’re exploring longer-term options for adding more capacity,’ they continued.
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