#86 – The Fentanyl Crisis

The fentanyl crisis in Colorado, which has been neglected by Jared Polis and gotten worse, must be addressed. In 2020, Colorado reported 540 fentanyl-related deaths– an increase of 143% since 2019. And, in 2021, the state reported 800 fentanyl-related deaths, or a 260% increase since 2019. While the loss of life is heartbreaking and detrimental, fentanyl also has an economic impact on the state. Did you know that since 2017, the share of opioid-related deaths attributed to fentanyl grew from 19% to 73%, amounting to a $11.1B total lifetime cost in 2021? Who’s to blame for the crisis? Jared Polis and the Democrat controlled state legislature. In 2019, they passed HB19-1263, which made possession of 4 grams or less of fentanyl a misdemeanor. The bill was so atrocious that Polis and the legislature passed a symbolic bill (HB22-1326) that makes possession of one gram of fentanyl or more a felony. HB22-1326 does nothing to truly curb the crisis we find ourselves in.

Nationwide, more than 150 people die every day from this poison, and in Colorado, someone overdoses every 5 hours and 56 minutes. Fentanyl has cost too many lives to not be taken seriously.