COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) — Two more people are in custody on drug charges related to fentanyl.
Federal court documents say Douglas Floyd and Marlene McGuire are in jail and face federal drug charges for distributing fentanyl in Colorado. The two allegedly sold fentanyl to Maria Cecilia Davis-Conchie who then sold the drug to teenagers. This week we learned that the 16-year-old boy who tragically died of a suspected overdose was his biological son.
The documents say Floyd and McGuire “conspired” with Davis-Conchie for some time before her son’s death to sell him and his friends fentanyl and other drugs on multiple occasions.
11 News spoke to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) about the fentanyl problem in the US The DEA says fentanyl is a growing problem. In fact, last year in the United States alone, officers seized over 15,000 pounds of fentanyl, which is enough to kill 440 million people. That’s more than the population of the whole country.
“It’s a staggering amount to see what’s happening in the United States and what we’re consuming,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge James Stroop. “These pills are in all segments of society whether it’s older or younger, everyone in between, they don’t discriminate.”
According to the DEA, in a 12-month period ending in April 2021, more than 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in America. Opioids accounted for 75% of these deaths, with 64% attributed to a synthetic opioid like fentanyl.
“The danger with fentanyl is real and it keeps growing,” he said.
Stroop adds that it can also be difficult to know how much fentanyl is in counterfeit pills.
“Think of it like a chocolate chip. You have so many chocolate chips in each of your cookies, but each of your cookies contains a different amount of chocolate chips. This is what these pills look like. You may have a pill that has gone way over a lethal dose. You can have one that is well below a lethal dose. On average, we find that 4 out of 10 pills contain a lethal dose.
So what can be done to solve the problem? Experts say treatment needs to be emphasized at all levels and people with drug problems can get help.
Parents should also have conversations with their children to make sure they are not taking medication that is not prescribed for them.
“Take a look at what’s going on in their lives. It’s a vital opportunity to be in touch with them to see what’s going on.
Stroop says kids can be sneaky, especially with cellphones and the internet.
“For example, you have all these different rep icons and things for a text message to communicate that drugs are for sale, drugs are available, drugs are for delivery, how they accept payment, all things like that” , he explained. . “So it’s important to have a conversation.”
And as Davis-Conchie, Floyd and McGuire sit behind bars waiting to hear their fates, the DEA hopes people will take this warning to heart.
“A pill once can kill you. We need to get this message across as much as possible to everyone, at all ages. »
If you or a loved one suffers from drug addiction, help is available.
You can call the Colorado Addiction Hotline at 866-210-1303.
Resources and more information are also available via Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
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