Denver Art Museum Hosts Colorado’s First-Ever Fentanyl Summit

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DENVER (KDVR) — According to the map of the Rocky Mountain high-intensity drug trafficking area, in just over five months, Colorado authorities have confiscated more than 2 million dosage units of fentanyl. That’s more fentanyl seized in the first part of 2022 than in all of 2021.

That is why heads of state held a two-day seminar this week aimed at providing officials with information to combat this growing crisis.

With more than 270 public safety officials, district attorneys, and elected officials in attendance at the Denver Art Museum, Mayor Michael B. Hancock opened the first-ever Colorado Fentanyl Summit, which took place June 2-3.

“The devastating effects of the public health and safety crisis caused by fentanyl have been felt in every community in Colorado,” Hancock said. Summit organizers designed the program around the overwhelming need to educate attendees on all areas of fentanyl application.

To open the summit, DEA Denver Field Division Special Agent in Charge Brian Besser led a panel discussion on the fentanyl crisis as a whole before handing the microphone over to representatives from the Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which presented on fentanyl seizure data as well as updates on field testing and overdose mapping.

“As we saw at the Fentanyl Summit, law enforcement and community partners are committed to protecting Colorado communities from fentanyl. I want to thank Mayor Hancock for bringing together so many law enforcement professionals to learn from each other so they can respond to this crisis and save lives,” said Attorney General Phil Weiser.

An extremely personal aspect of the summit took the form of a panel discussion led by family members of those who died from fentanyl poisoning.

“The human suffering has been immense, but it goes hand in hand with our collective determination to meet this challenge, bring justice to those who have been victimized and their families, and save lives. We are united at every level and across the state and will use every tool at our disposal to rid our community of this poison,” Hancock explained.

If you or a loved one suffers from an ongoing addiction to opioids or any other habit-forming substance, you should contact the Denver Crisis Service Hotline. by visiting their homepageor by simply dialing 1-844-493-8255.

“What we learned at the summit is that the manufacturers and distributors of illegal synthetic fentanyl are desperate to maximize their profits, regardless of the tragic and deadly consequences,” said City Attorney Kristin Bronson.

A fight to overcome addiction to these compounds is not designed to be easy, but it is never an impossible goal to come back from the drug-fueled abyss.

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