Today is National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day and has been designated to recognize the dangers of Fentanyl and how it affects Wyoming.
In 2020, 1,663 dosage units and .27 lbs. of Fentanyl were seized by law enforcement in Wyoming. That’s an increase of 3,876 percent from the previous year, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP).
In 2021, 11,135 dosage units and 64.83 lbs. of Fentanyl were seized by law enforcement in Wyoming, an increase of 10,539 percent.
More than 13,398 dosage units of Fentanyl have already been seized by Wyoming law enforcement in 2022. Since 2018 there have been 334,476 dosage units of Fentanyl seized by law enforcement in Wyoming, the WHP states.
“Prevention and education is a definite power to help others make educated choices. We are warning the public that illicit Fentanyl is prevalent in the United States and can cause sudden death. We simply want to educate about the dangers of illicit Fentanyl and inform and reduce victim fatalities,” the release states.
Fentanyl is an opioid pain medication similar to morphine but is 50-100 times more potent. When used correctly, it is a very effective pain reliever for cancer patients. However, illicit Fentanyl is an illegal drug cut into other drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and counterfeit prescription pills. Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin or mucous membranes or accidentally inhaled. The effects of this drug are unpredictable because it varies from person to person based on their size, weight, metabolism, and whether they have taken other drugs before taking Fentanyl.
If you suspect someone has taken Fentanyl, call 911 immediately!