17th Judicial DA

Fight Against Fentanyl

In Colorado, Fentanyl deaths increased by more than 1000% between 2015 and 2021. There were 1,578 deaths during that period. 

Fentanyl is ravaging communities including our own. Five people died in Commerce City in 2022 in one fentanyl-related incident. In response to this crisis, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office and District Attorney Brian Mason worked with state legislators, law enforcement, other District Attorneys, and families from throughout Colorado to craft legislation to combat this scourge. Photo: Aurora Sentinel



Out of that effort, bipartisan legislation was passed and signed by Governor Jared Polis.

HB22-1326 Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention Act provides law enforcement and District Attorneys with additional tools to combat this crisis. It also provides resources for treatment and funds for the life-saving drug naloxone. Photo: Colorado Politics 



"You will see that our goal in using these tools is to get fentanyl off our streets, to prevent more death and to hold accountable those who are distributing this poison. Our goal is not to lock up low-level users. It is to get them help and to get them treatment.” 

The District Attorney's Office is closely tracking cases involving fentanyl, and it will be using the new tools provided by HB22-1326 to hold accountable those individuals who are peddling this poison throughout the 17th Judicial District. 

District Attorney Brian Mason's full remarks from the bill signing ceremony are contained within the button below. 

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Colorado Fentanyl Summit 

In June 2022, following the signing of HB22-1236, the District Attorney's Office and DA Mason co-chaired the first-ever Colorado Fentanyl Summit. The Summit was an educational opportunity for law enforcement and district attorneys on all aspects of fentanyl enforcement. DA Mason also moderated a panel made up of families who have been impacted by the fentanyl crisis. 

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