Senator Gardner talks to first responders about drugs

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Senator Cory Gardner made the trip to Grand Junction to talk about drugs. Specifically, opioids.

"This is a crisis that has affected every single one of us. We are seeing more and more deaths in Colorado from substance abuse and drug overdose," Gardner said.

At the meeting at GJPD, law enforcement is feeling the heat.

"I think the thing that stood out the most were the increased demands on our first responders," Gardner said.

Gardner said he is working through the legislature to fight the epidemic.

"One of the bills that I have carried that will pass this week, deals with the advertisements that pharmaceutical companies are carrying out, and making sure they aren't misleading," Gardner said.

And he said fentanyl is a top priority.

"We are going to pass legislation this week out of the senate that would give the post office greater tools to find that fentanyl, to discover it, and take it out of the system," Gardner said.

He also points to the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act as a local answer.

"To get local providers and local communities engaged in drug take back programs and counseling programs," Gardner said.

Because to get ahead of the opioid problem, it starts on the streets.

"That's what we've tried to do is pass legislation that doesn't prescribe a one size fits all solution out of Washington, but lets local communities make the decision on what's best," Gardner said.

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