King County Metro Bus Driver: Fentanyl smoke getting bus drivers sick in Seattle

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Drug use is prohibited on transit, but there were 1,885 reports of drug use on King County buses last year, and 52 King County Metro transit operators reported they were exposed to drug smoke. Sixteen employees filed workers compensation claims, according to KOMO News.

King County Metro bus driver Stevon Williams told KOMO News this week. “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.”

Seattle transit union Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 is calling for more protections for workers, but some health authorities (e.g., Public Health Seattle & King County) in the Seattle area are claiming the effects of second-hand fentanyl smoke are exaggerated. An “official insights” post from Public Health – Seattle & King County staff did not provide any scientific research sources to back their statement.

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