Grand Junction Police Department Warns of Emerging Fentanyl Problem in Grand Valley

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – The Grand Junction Police Department is raising awareness of the dangers the synthetic opioid fentanyl poses to the community. According to the police, drugs are becoming a bigger problem in the area than before.

“Drug dealers use it because it’s designed to get you addicted to it,” explained Detective Dave Godwin of the Western Colorado Drug Task Force, who monitors the growing fentanyl problem in the Grand Valley. “There have been different drug trends in Mesa County over the years. Before that, it was usually methamphetamine. We are certainly seeing an increase in the use of fentanyl. It sort of stems from the old opioid epidemic.

According to Godwin, prescribed opioid painkillers like oxytocin and others have sometimes developed drug addiction. When the prescribed supply ran out, some turned to alternative sources.

He further explained that “before, you… saw a lot of people turning to heroin, but the drug trafficking organizations we investigate have found that, like any other business, it’s a cheaper way distribute a product and make a profit”.

Fentanyl often comes in blue 30-milligram pills labeled as oxycodone and other prescription drugs. Godwin shared that these pills, available on the street, are no longer manufactured through approved and regulated channels.

“Talk to your kids about it. You know, it happens… in the school system. Children sell them in the school system. Have conversations with them. Let them know about the highly addictive properties and let them know it’s something you can use once and it can really have it can really hurt you it can put you in the hospital or even that may or may not kill you,” the detective warned.

The Mesa County Police Department and Sheriff’s Office have partnered with this task force. The two organizations are also coordinating with the Drug Enforcement Administration to combat trafficking in this substance.

For more fentanyl awareness information and resources, click here.

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