Steamboat Couple Testifies in State Senate on Fentanyl Crisis

The Globe family of Steamboat Springs, including mom Susan, Maddy and dad Alden Globe pose outside Maddy’s prom in 2014.
Family globe/courtesy photo

Steamboat Springs couple Alden and Susan Globe testified in Denver before the Colorado Senate on Tuesday, April 26 in support of legislation that would provide tougher penalties for illegal fentanyl dealers and more funding for criminal investigations and education.

Still, the family’s main goal was to let lawmakers know they considered the death of their only child, Maddy Globe, to be poisoning.

“It’s poisoning because she was given something she didn’t ask for, and it killed her. It’s poisoning, not an overdose,” the Alden Globe said Monday. “Although we thought we’d spread the word, people don’t really understand how dangerous it is; schools don’t really understand how dangerous it is. ‘is dangerous.

The couple know their daughter was not a drug user, but she still became one of the many victims affected by the dire ‘one pill can kill’ warning.

Maddy, a 2014 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, got a supposed Xanax pill from another University of Colorado Boulder student because she was stressed about entering her senior year at University. This illegal pill contained fentanyl and Maddy didn’t wake up after taking this pill in August 2017her parents said.

“People are just used to taking pills for everything, so they don’t think it could be a fake,” Alden said.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Exposure to fentanyl led to the deaths of 903 people in Colorado in 2021, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment database.

Maddy’s death certificate, completed by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office, lists her cause of death as “mixed drug intoxication” and the manner of death as “accident”.

“I would like to see legislation that allows coroner’s findings in fentanyl cases to be retroactively updated to more correctly state ‘fatal poisoning’, where appropriate. Many families before you today share this desire,” a said Alden.

The Steamboat couple were both asked to testify by the non-profit advocacy group Blue Rising Together. Susan also testified before lawmakers in a video hearing on April 12. Colorado lawmakers have advanced Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention Bill 22-1326. at Senate hearings.

The bipartisan bill “makes the unlawful possession of any material, compound, mixture or preparation weighing more than 4 grams and containing any amount of fentanyl, carfentanil or an analogue thereof a level felony drug felony. 4”. The unlawful distribution, manufacture, distribution or sale of any material containing fentanyl or equivalent would be a level 1 drug felony if it weighs more than 50 grams and a level 2 drug felony if it weighs more than 4 grams, notes Bill.

The Globe family, left to right, Maddy, Alden and Susan, together at Thunderhead Lodge in 2015.
Family globe/courtesy photo

Alden’s testimony advocated changes to “begin to alleviate the carnage we are seeing in our state.”

“Funding fentanyl education and awareness across the state, especially in our schools, where the danger of the new threat landscape facing our students is not sufficiently understood. Develop a legal liability plan that can address social media complicity,” said software engineer Alden. “Push for consistent fentanyl data collection by law enforcement and first responders using ODMap, the overdose detection mapping app. Collecting and analyzing this data will enable public notification of community spike alerts, a step that will help raise awareness and save lives.

Experts know that getting illegal drugs or opioids is as easy as finding a dealer on Snapchat and having the illegal drugs delivered like you would a pizza.

Local educators organized a program for students, then for parents at SSHS on April 11. Susan told her daughter’s story to other parents during the evening presentation. Maddy’s story was also documented in an ABC News television report.

Susan said the support of family members and friends has been key to her coping strategies, including regular outdoor exercise and pursuing part-time gardening work since 2013 at the botanical park. of the Yampa River. The park is home to “Maddy’s Garden of Light”, a memorial adorned with white flowers.

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