Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon wants the state to take aim at curbing the influx of fentanyl into Wyoming.
Emergency responders are seeing a troubling increase in fentanyl overdoses around the state, and fentanyl seizures by law enforcement have been rising steadily over the past two years.
Even small doses of the powerful opioid can be lethal. Fentanyl has shown up in Wyoming in both powder or a pill form, and it may be used to contaminate other illicit drugs without the user knowing.
Data from the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation and Wyoming Department of Health show the increasing presence of fentanyl in Wyoming since 2019 when Wyoming had 17 reported synthetic opioid-involved overdose deaths among residents. In 2021 that number jumped to 42, and 17 deaths have been recorded in the first few months of 2022, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
Governor Gordon has asked his cabinet to develop plans for how to fight this drug, work with local law enforcement and bring recommendations to him.