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It's Thursday.

Today's weather: Partly sunny with a chance of rain. High near 56.

Situational awareness: After a few record-breaking warm days, we're back to our regularly scheduled PNW programming, per NWS Seattle, with rain expected every day of the week through at least Tuesday.

Today's newsletter is 624 words, a 2.5-minute read.

1 big thing: New laws aim to prevent youth opioid overdoses

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

New laws in Washington aim to combat rising fentanyl overdoses in Washington state, especially among young people.

Why it matters: The rate of opioid-related deaths among 14- to 18-year-olds almost tripled in Washington from 2016 to 2022, according to the state Department of Health.

The big picture: Public health officials say increased presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl is driving a spike in overdose deaths across age groups.

  • King County alone recorded more than 1,000 overdose deaths involving fentanyl in 2023, compared to 111 in 2019.

Driving the news: Measures that Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law this week will increase public education about fentanyl and other opioids and require more schools to stock overdose-reversal medications such as naloxone.

  • Right now, only high schools in districts with at least 2,000 students must stock the overdose-reversing drug, commonly called Narcan.
  • Under Senate Bill 5804, elementary and middle schools must also have doses on hand, as must all high schools.

Zoom in: A second new law requires the state Department of Health to launch a statewide opioid education campaign, with a focus on how other drugs can be contaminated with small but potentially fatal amounts of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

  • That measure is named after 16-year-old Lucas Petty, who died after smoking a joint laced with fentanyl, his mother told lawmakers during public committee hearings this year.
  • House Bill 1956 will also incorporate fentanyl education into the public school curriculum.

What they're saying: "It's not just experimenting — our children are playing Russian roulette with their lives," Maria Trujillo-Petty testified before a panel of lawmakers last month.

A third new law, House Bill 2112, will require colleges and universities to stock naloxone and fentanyl test strips and educate students and residence hall staff about opioids and fentanyl.

Zoom out: While signing the bills into law this week, Inslee said money for treatment is another important piece of the state's fight against opioids.

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2. Morning Buzz: 'Real concerns' at Boeing

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🛩️ Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said at Axios' What's Next Summit this week that "there are real concerns with quality control at Boeing," but that he still has no issue sitting in a window seat on Boeing planes. (Axios)

👩🏾‍💻 Tech company layoffs may have slowed since last year, when more than 250,000 tech workers lost their positions, but some experienced workers are struggling to find new jobs. (Geekwire)

🖥️ Microsoft has hired DeepMind co-founder and Inflection AI CEO Mustafa Suleyman to run its consumer artificial intelligence division, aiming to build on the company's early lead in generative AI, built on an alliance with OpenAI. (Axios)

3. You can adopt this dog

Photos: Courtesy of Seattle Animal Shelter

If you're ready for a new furry friend, the Seattle Animal Shelter and other local shelters and rescue organizations have adoptable pets that need new homes.

Case in point: Ace is a neutered pit bull terrier mix who's about 2 years old and crate-trained, per the Seattle Animal Shelter.

What they're saying: "Ace's foster parent says he is a super cuddler! His preference is not just to sit with you, but to sit on you!" according to the shelter.

  • Volunteers reported that Ace is very calm at home and does well being left alone.
  • He also "tilts his head sideways when you talk to him — like he's really listening and trying to understand you."

Here's how to meet Ace.

4. Reader pup pics to go

Sir Beaumont VI (Beau), a 14-week-old white schnauzer (left), and Shelby. Photos: Courtesy of Bill S. and Mark C.

In honor of National Puppy Day on Saturday, we asked readers to share pictures of their fur babies and our inboxes were flooded with cuteness.

Clarridge here: We can't feature them all — though we wish we could — but we will be running a few today and tomorrow.

  • Sometimes it was simply a matter of whether the photos played nicely with our publishing system, so please don't be sad if your lovey isn't here.
A montage of two puppy pictures, each looking up at the camera.
Anchor, a smooth fox terrier, and Duke in a bunny costume. Photos: Courtesy of Jenn O. and Kate O.
A montage of two dog photos, one on a lap and one among flowers in a garden.
Stevie, an 8-pound Chihuahua/dachshund mix, and Charlotte. Photos: Courtesy of Carolyn D. and Heather B.

Melissa is forever behind on laundry.

🥶 Clarridge is wondering why 55 degrees always feels so much colder after a few warmer days.

This newsletter was edited by Rachel La Corte and copy edited by Egan Millard.