As schools open, the DEA is encouraging parents to talk about fentanyl

COLORADO – School is already out or about to be out, and as summer approaches, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is encouraging parents to talk to their child and/or children about the dangers of fentanyl.

According to the DEA, their Rocky Mountain Field Division is on track to break last year’s records for fentanyl pill seizures.

According to the DEA, fentanyl is the leading cause of death among Americans ages 18 to 45.

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Colorado isn’t the only state seeing an increase in fentanyl pill attacks. The DEA says Utah, Wyoming and Montana are also experiencing the same problems.

“It is an unfortunate reality that seizures of counterfeit fentanyl pills in our division – Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana – continue at unprecedented levels,” said David Olesky, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Rocky Mountain Field Division. “Fentanyl poisoning is the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45. We need parents, grandparents, teachers, siblings, friends and neighbors to join us in discussing the deadly dangers of the cartels spreading this poison in our country.”

The DEA says the fentanyl epidemic is the deadliest drug threat in United States history.

Colorado has seized nearly 1.8 million fentanyl pills with four months left in the fiscal year, according to the DEA. They say last year’s record of 2.61 million is likely to be broken.

DEA lab tests show that seven in ten fentanyl pills contain a potentially fatal dose. The DEA says just two milligrams, equivalent to a few grains of sugar, can be fatal.

“As we enter summer and children are out of school, we must continue to educate our family and friends about the dangers of fentanyl. The more we talk about fentanyl, the better,” Olesky added. “At DEA, we fight these cartels and the fentanyl crisis every day – now we need the rest of the country to join us in that fight. It is true that one pill can kill, but it is also true that one conversation can save.”

For more information about fentanyl attacks in the United States, visit the DEA’s website.

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