Natrona County Sheriff’s Office educates community on fentanyl dangers

A lethal dose of fentanyl contained in a glass cup.
A lethal dose of fentanyl contained in a glass cup.(Drug Enforcement Administration)
Published: Aug. 30, 2022 at 5:01 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In 2021, over 11,000 dosage units and almost 65 pounds of fentanyl were seized by law enforcement in Wyoming.

Last week, on National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office joined the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to educate the public about the dangers of fentanyl. The NCSO has teamed up with partners from across the county for a four-week education campaign.

One of the biggest pushes is reminding people not to take pills that weren’t prescribed by a doctor.

“It is possible to take a pill and not know that it contains fentanyl. It is also possible to take a pill knowing it contains fentanyl but not knowing that it contains a lethal dose, so unless it’s prescribed by a licensed medical professional and dispensed by a pharmaceutical company you can’t know if it’s a fake or legitimate pill,” said NCSO Public Information Officer Kiera Grogan.

Each day of the campaign, the NCSO is sharing information about fentanyl including what it is, how it affects people, and resources available in the Casper community.