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.
King County Metro data shows there were 1,885 reports of drug use on the bus system in 2022.https://t.co/m8lh0TbkbW
— KOMO News (@komonews) March 6, 2023
Seattle bus drivers getting sick from fentanyl smoke on city buses amid drug, homelessness crisis: report https://t.co/dDuuUkS6CW
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 7, 2023
“I really hadn’t ever heard of fentanyl smoking on the bus when I was hired by Metro," Williams told KOMO. "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.”https://t.co/sb3zOzfgwr
— CBS 21 News (@CBS21NEWS) March 7, 2023
Stevon Williams says he is proud of his job as a bus driver for King County Metro, but he says fentanyl smoke is now so common that it's making him sick.https://t.co/iyN163UQx3
— KATU News (@KATUNews) March 7, 2023
As the #fentanyl, & #methamphetamine vapors fill the #SanFrancisco air, so do the #politicians lies! idk which one is worse the #Democratic deceit coming from their hot breath 😮💨or the #homeless hot smoke 💨 coming off the tinfoil @LondonBreed @BrookeJenkinsSF @GavinNewsom @sfbos pic.twitter.com/E0OliTpeZp
— Ricci Wynne (@RawRicci415) March 7, 2023