The Natrona County Sheriff's Office joined the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the many voices dedicated to educating the public on the serious dangers of fentanyl poisoning from fake pills and other illicit drugs. In September 2022, our Sheriff's Office launched a four-week educational campaign, teaming up with partners from around our County to provide information and resources to our community.
On this page, you will find a summary of the #OnePillCanKill campaign, as well as new information updates as they become available, and many resources. We encourage you to utilize the information shared on this page to educate the youth in your life that #OnePillCanKill.
The only safe medications are ones that come from licensed and accredited medical professionals. Pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are illegal, dangerous, and potentially lethal. Spread the word that #OnePillCanKill.
January 17, 2024 - Today, fentanyl is the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45. In the calendar year 2023, DEA seized more than 77 million fentanyl pills and nearly 12,000 pounds of fentanyl powder.
This is the most fentanyl seized by DEA in a single year. It amounts to more than 386 million deadly doses of fentanyl—enough to kill every American.
Drug traffickers are bringing this deadly drug into our community. Illicit fentanyl is driving the overdose epidemic and claiming hundreds of lives daily.
Please educate the teenagers and young adults in your life that #OnePillCanKill. Talk with your loved ones and tell them the only safe medications are ones that come from licensed and accredited medical professionals.
As of October 12, 2023 DEA has reported more than 62,400,000 million Fentanyl pills have been seized, and over 9,700 pounds of Fentanyl powder seized.
Illicit fentanyl is driving the overdose epidemic and claiming hundreds of lives daily. The 2023 DEA numbers represent over 287 million deadly doses.
For comparison, in 2022, DEA seized more than 59.6 million fentanyl-laced fake pills and more than 13,000 pounds of fentanyl powder.
Please have open, honest conversations with your loved ones and educate the youth in your life that #OnePillCanKill. The only safe medications are ones that come from licensed and accredited medical professionals.
August 21st is #NationalFentanylPreventionAndAwarenessDay.
In mid-August K9 Duke helped take nearly 2,000 illicit fentanyl pills out of our community here in Natrona County.
Drug traffickers are bringing this deadly drug into Natrona County. Illicit fentanyl is driving the overdose epidemic and claiming hundreds of lives daily.
Please share the message that #OnePillCanKill.
June 27, 2023 - The Natrona County Sheriff's Office recently announced the addition of Duke, our dual-purpose K9 certified in patrol and narcotics detection.
Duke joins nearly one hundred other working K9s nationwide certified to detect illicit fentanyl specifically. K9 Duke will partner with Deputy Dexter Bryant and aid in our efforts to take this deadly drug off our streets and out of our community.
November 21, 2022- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public of a sharp nationwide increase in the lethality of fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills.
The DEA states that their laboratory has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, six out of ten now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. This is an increase from DEA’s previous announcement in 2021 that four out of ten fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills were found to contain a potentially lethal dose.
DEA News Release: https://www.dea.gov/alert/dea-laboratory-testing-reveals-6-out-10-fentanyl-laced-fake-prescription-pills-now-contain
The DEA is warning the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl.
In August 2022, DEA and law enforcement partners seized brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states.
On October 12th, 2022, the DEA updated their report to reflect the increase of the number of states where DEA has seized rainbow fentanyl from 18 to 26.
This trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.
Start an open conversation with the children and the young adults in your life and educate them on the dangers of fake pills. If you encounter fentanyl in any form, do not handle it and call 911 immediately. #OnePillCanKill
Visit the link to read the full DEA Press Release: https://www.dea.gov/press-releases/2022/09/01/dea-warns-brightly-colored-fentanyl-used-target-young-americans
One Pill Can Kill - Week 1 - The impact Fentanyl has on the body and brain
Community Prevention Manager Hailey Bloom discusses fentanyl effects on the body & brain, how a fentanyl overdose can be treated, what to do if you are exposed, + more.
One Pill Can Kill - Week 2 - Fentanyl as a threat to the safety of Wyoming
Between 2018 and the end of quarter 2 for 2022, there have been 334,476 dosage units of fentanyl seized by law enforcement in Wyoming.
A fatal dose of fentanyl can be as small as 2mg.
Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation data shows that the number of fentanyl cases among all Wyoming law-enforcement agencies more than doubled between 2019 and 2021, rising from 15 to 38. Since 2020 there has been a 200% increase in the number of items containing suspected fentanyl that have been analyzed by the State Crime Lab.
One Pill Can Kill - Week 3 - Responding to fentanyl overdoses
We featured our partners at Natrona County Fire District to discuss the calls they are responding to related to overdoses.
It’s not uncommon for our deputies to respond to drug overdose calls. Response to any medical call must be quick due to the severity and nature. Therefore, these calls usually generate responses from partnering agencies, such as our Sheriff’s Office, to assist in administering aid.
This video gives insight of first-hand experiences responding to medical calls, symptoms first responders look for in fentanyl specific overdoses, the dangers of exposure to fentanyl, and the usage of Naloxone (aka Narcan).
Together, Natrona County first responders are committed to educating our community on the dangers of illicit fentanyl.
One Pill Can Kill - Week 4 - Resources for our community
Wyoming Recovery Clinical Director Kristi Hann shares insight from inside their substance abuse treatment facility in Casper, as well as resources for Wyomingites.
Combatting the growing fentanyl threat requires community awareness and engagement at every level. A commitment we can each make is to check in with our loved ones and with one another. Educate the teenagers and young adults in your life, make sure that they know to never take a pill that has not been prescribed to them.
- Recover Wyoming: 307-224-9470
- Wyoming Recovery: 307-265-3791
- Central Wyoming Counseling Center: 307-237-9583
- Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 503-244-1312
- SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
- DEA Recovery Resources: https://www.dea.gov/recovery-resources @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- DEA - Facts about Fentanyl - https://www.dea.gov/resources/facts-about-fentanyl
- DEA - Emoji Drug Code Decoded - https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2021-12/OPCK_2.0_Emoji%20Codes-Poster.pdf
- DEA - What Every Parent and Caregiver Needs to Know About Fake Pills - https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2022-09/DEA-OPCK_Parent%20flyer.pdf
- DEA - Start Talking - https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov/family/if-you-discover-your-child-using-drugs-start-talking?fbclid=IwAR12uSp_XZGohrm6_kVjFo_S-o1MlbTFyfkZs99J2wvhyWK-3lQ4P5Jx5-g @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
On October 3, 2022, Denver7 shared this news report with DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian Besser confirming rainbow fentanyl found by undercover DEA agents in Colorado.
Watch the video or read for more information: https://www.denver7.com/news/local-news/dea-rocky-mountain-division-reveals-new-realities-of-fentanyl-crisis?fbclid=IwAR2iKF9VXy4F8BcY5v3LVLFDEnpiVM1x6V1WTZi8j3Yrq8c70Y_asDMzPYw