With fentanyl being a major contributor to overdoses leading to deaths, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) seeks to clamp down on the distribution of fentanyl while simultaneously limiting overdose-related deaths.
In a recent interview on The gallo showCol. Steven Maxwell noted that he and the department were well aware of the epidemic of mass-distributed fentanyl-containing drugs. However, Maxwell encouraged Mississippians that law enforcement was able to reduce overdose deaths in part because Parker’s Law, the Victoria Huggins Pill Press Law and the Good Samaritan Law were passed. by the state legislature.
“Over the past two years, more than 1,000 Mississippi residents have died from drug-related overdoses. From January to July of this year, we had over 7,000 non-fatal drug-related overdoses,” Maxwell said. “Now the encouraging thing about that is that they weren’t lethal.”
According to Maxwell, the MBN works with other law enforcement agencies within the state to locate hotbeds of drug trafficking. Maxwell acknowledged that these substances did not originate in the Magnolia State.
“The number of foreclosures we’re doing, the number of foreclosures we’re seeing, local law enforcement doing on our freeways and freeways — that gives us an indication of what we’re potentially missing,” Maxwell said. “The coca plant is not grown here in Mississippi. The poppy plant is not grown here in Mississippi and you cannot import these precursor chemicals to make synthetic opioids not only in the United States but also here in Mississippi. This is all done just south of our border by Mexican drug cartels.
To reduce a minor’s potential ability to die from an overdose, Maxwell urges parents to monitor what their children have in their possession. As cartels and other illegal drug makers advance both technologically and logistically to make drugs appear like everyday drugs, Maxwell wants parents to be on the lookout for harmful substances that may seem innocent with the naked eye.
“The first thing parents should do is if there is anything that looks or sounds like medicine in their child’s room, backpack, purse or car, and they don’t don’t have a prescription for that, that’s a red flag,” Maxwell said. “These drug cartels have gotten so good at making these pills that some professional pharmacologists just can’t tell the difference. When you see something that raises concern, parents need to act immediately.
The full interview with Maxwell can be viewed below.