DEA Rocky Mtn Field Division marks National Fentanyl Awareness Day

Today, May 7, is National Fentanyl Awareness Day. This annual celebration is held to bring needed attention and awareness to the threats of fentanyl and counterfeit pills – and the lives lost to poisonings and overdoses. Fentanyl is the greatest drug threat the United States has faced in its history. It is the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45.

“Fentanyl continues to destroy families in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and across the country,” said David Olesky, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s acting special agent in charge of the Rocky Mountain Field Division.

“We hope that on National Fentanyl Awareness Day we can draw more attention to the need to have important, critical and often difficult conversations about the fentanyl epidemic with family members and friends.”

In 2023, the DEA seized more than 77 million counterfeit fentanyl pills. Last year, more than 70,000 Americans died from fentanyl poisoning. DEA laboratory testing has shown that 7 out of 10 pills tested contain a potentially fatal dose.

The DEA Rocky Mountain Field Division continues its efforts in our communities, most recently with a Family Summit in Billings, MT. Similar summits have been held in Utah and Colorado.

“The men and women of DEA continue to fight the fentanyl crisis around the clock and attack the drug cartels selling poison on the streets of our country,” Olesky said.

National Fentanyl Awareness Day was founded by the nonprofit Song For Charlie (a national community partner of DEA) and is separate from National Fentanyl Awareness and Prevention Day held annually in August. DEA is a proud co-sponsor of both days.