A deadly drug has hit the streets of the Grand Valley and a mother is speaking out. Her daughter died taking what she thought was a painkiller.
“She had a very big light, she had a very big smile and she made friends with everybody that crossed her path,” said Andrea Thomas the mother who is mourning the loss of her 32-year old daughter, Ashley Romero.
Romero thought she was taking a pill for her pancreatic pain but instead, her mom says it ended up being a fentanyl-laced drug.
“Ashley had taken a pill, taken something, I didn’t know at the time or even that it was a pill, that she had taken something, that it killed her.”
Now Tomas is shedding light on the issue to others, as well as the Grand Junction Police Department with their new public service announcement.
GJPD is alerting the community of what has the markings of a prescribed oxycodone pill but is in fact fentanyl.
“Fentanyl is an extremely powerful opioid –far more powerful than heroin or morphine and it can be lethal in a very small amount,” said Heidi Davidson, spokesperson for GJPD.
The PSA serves as a message for everyone and it’s a warning that painkillers should only be prescribed by a doctor.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline at 1877-726-4727.