State leaders hold opioid awareness conversation to reach children – What We Know!

THORNTON, Colo. — Colorado Lawyer Common Phil Weiser, State Rep. Shannon Chicken and others gathered Saturday afternoon at Adams 12 5 Star Colleges’ headquarters in Thornton for a dialog that prolonged past the district’s borders.

“There are folks promoting fentanyl right this moment realizing what they’re promoting, realizing persons are dying, [and] nonetheless doing it,” Colorado Lawyer Common Phil Weiser mentioned.

Saturday’s dialog about opioid consciousness was deliberate previous to final Sunday’s fentanyl poisoning incident in Commerce Metropolis. Seventeenth Judicial District Lawyer Brian Mason says 5 individuals who thought they’d cocaine as a substitute ingested a lethal dose of fentanyl.

“What occurred final weekend underscores why this dialog issues,” Weiser mentioned.

Among the many viewers and panel have been folks with private connections to the opioid disaster. Tracey Ritter misplaced her 25-year-old son Evan to an overdose in October 2018. She now works as a household help specialist for Advocates for Restoration Colorado.

“I prefer to give attention to the life that he lived and the recollections that we now have of him concerning the unimaginable younger man that he was and all the time will likely be with us,” Ritter mentioned.

Her participation in Saturday’s dialog occurred solely due to the energy and braveness she gained after her son’s passing. Her mission is to talk with households who’re scuffling with problems with substance abuse.

“He actually does give me that power and that struggle that I don’t suppose I might have had if, sadly, this hadn’t occurred,” Ritter mentioned.

Weiser acknowledges getting the message throughout to youngsters and youths in regards to the risks of opioids will take extra than simply conferences with mother and father and group advocates.

“The children who’re weak for substance use dysfunction, for probably contemplating about suicide, for purchasing a capsule that might kill them, are youngsters we should be taking note of,” he mentioned. “Youngsters speaking to youngsters are going to be a difference-maker as we elevate consciousness in regards to the dangers of fentanyl, about opioids and all types of drugs that may be dangerous.”

Weiser says he and his staff plan to host extra conferences like Saturday’s throughout the state.