Law enforcement officials from across the state gathered Wednesday to reveal that more than 2 million dosages of fentanyl units were seized from January through May so far.
“We appreciate the work law enforcement is doing to take this deadly poison off our streets. We also need the help of the public in ending the demand for it. It is risky to take any drug not prescribed by a doctor and obtained from a pharmacy,” warned U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan said in a statement provided by the Justice Department.
The presence of fentanyl is becoming more common as authorities take aggressive action against traffickers.
Landwyd, fentanyl-related fatal overdoses numbered 905 in 2021, in vergelyking met 540 in 2020. In 2017, the state reported 81 such overdoses.
“While I would love to tell you that our troopers have eliminated the threat of this deadly drug, what we remove is a drop in the ocean,” said Col. Matthew C. Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “It’s cheap, it’s everywhere, including a strong counterfeit market where people think they are taking other forms of pills. If you have a loved one struggling with any form of drug abuse, get them help.”
Federal prosecutors in Colorado will work with law enforcement agencies at the two-day Colorado Fentanyl Summit being held Thursday and Friday.
The gathering is being hosted by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and state Attorney General Phil Weiser.
It focuses on training for authorities on all aspects of fentanyl from investigation and building cases through interdiction and prosecution.
Verlede week, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, 'n demokraat, signed a bill into the law that will heighten felony charges for substances containing fentanyl, onder andere maatreëls.