Fentanyl seizures are up, authorities work to get drugs out of communities – WGEM

QUINCY (WGEM) – The Drug Enforcement Administration reports their St. Louis division broke a fentanyl seizure record for 2021 with nearly 188 kilograms seized throughout Missouri, Kansas and southern Illinois.
Adams County authorities said more fentanyl has been removed from our area as well.
Transitions Mental Health and Children Services Director Jessica Peters said they’ve had people overdose and pass away from substance abuse.
“We start where people are at and we know that quitting is hard and that it’s not a one time thing,” Peters said.
Peters said they offer substance abuse treatment for all kinds of drugs and alcohol, but they don’t test for the synthetic opioid fentanyl.
“We can suspect that maybe you know, they got ahold of something that had fentanyl in it,” she said. “But we don’t know anything for sure.”
Adams County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Sam Smith said they treat all drug arrests as if there could be potential for fentanyl.
“That unknown of hey, what could potentially be in this car, where in the past you could have meth or cannabis or whatnot. However now it could be meth and cannabis laced with fentanyl, which could be catastrophic,” Smith said.
The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics reports the fastest growing drug category among overdose deaths is synthetic opioids, killing more than 136 Americans every day.
West Central Illinois Task Force Quincy Master Sergeant said data shows 30.8 grams of fentanyl were seized in Adams County during 2020 and 2021 and three arrest were made for delivery and or possession, but they haven’t seen big busts of wholesale fentanyl like other places around the country.
“You see problems more in the summer, because you have more people that are out and about winter time everybody usually stays in the home. And we’re I’d say we’re on right where we normally are,” Smith said.
While local authorities are working to get fentanyl out of the community, Peters said Transitions is working to provide treatment for addictions.
“We have open access intake, they can walk in, they can say, you know, hey, I’m here. I want to get services. And we will help them. That’s all, it’s that easy,” Peters said.
She said they provide individual and group counseling for substance use treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, a peer recovery specialist, which is someone that is experienced with recovering from a substance use problem to help others recovering build life skills they need to get back on their feet, and they’ve partnered with the county’s Drug Court Program.
County authorities said the two main drugs they see in this area are ICE Methamphetamine and Black Market Cannabis.
Peters said people dealing with substance abuse often times self-report or are referred.
She said if you need help all you have to do is show up to their office at 4409 Maine Street in Quincy.
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