The Western Colorado Drug Task Force (WCDTF), a combined task force of Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Junction Police Department and Drug Enforcement Agency investigators, is raising awareness about the dangers of illegal narcotics. The use of illicit drugs can result in overdose or death. The WCDTF has seen an increase in overdoses from unknown illegal narcotics in recent weeks. WCDTF investigators have responded to five recent overdose incidents, with three of those incidents resulting in death. The potency and unpredictability of illegal narcotics can lead to overdose incidents. While the recent incidents are still under investigation, the WCDTF believes fentanyl to be a contributing factor in the overdoses.
The WCDTF warns that drug use can lead to increased violence and crime and can deeply affect families and communities. The WCDTF urges community members to talk to family members about the dangers of illegal narcotics and that there are support systems in place for those struggling with drug addiction. Please contact Grand Valley Connects and Mesa County Opioid Response Group with Mesa County Public Health at 970-683-2663 or Mind Springs 844-493-8255 if you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction.