Gov. Little marks Fentanyl Awareness Day, readies for Texas border mission

Tuesday May 9, 2023

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little highlighted National Fentanyl Awareness Day at Kuna High School today to share information with our youth about the dangers of this increasingly accessible deadly drug. He was joined by Tarina Taylor, the mother of Zachary Taylor, a 26-year-old Lewiston resident who lost his life to accidental fentanyl poisoning in 2021.

In addition, Governor Little is preparing to travel to the Texas-Mexico border in two weeks and deploy a team of Idaho State Police (ISP) personnel to assist the State of Texas on a month-long mission for drug and fentanyl interdiction efforts at the border.

Tarina Taylor shared how her only child, Zachary, purchased a pill he thought was OxyContin from an unknown source on Facebook. The pill contained enough fentanyl to kill six people. Tarina is committed to sharing her family’s story with the hope other families do not go through the same tragedy.

During his address to the Kuna High School students, Governor Little noted the dangers of fentanyl and what the State of Idaho is doing to address the crisis. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Six out of 10 pills with fentanyl contain a lethal dose. In one year, the rate of fentanyl-related deaths in Idaho doubled. Additional fentanyl facts and ways to act to protect our loved ones is available at

Governor Little also laid out the actions the State of Idaho is taking to turn the tide in the fentanyl crisis:

  • Idaho launched a campaign, Fentanyl Takes All, to help educate and inform Idahoans, especially our youth and their parents, about the dangers of fentanyl.
  • Idaho added more roadside testing equipment to help ISP get fentanyl off our streets more quickly.
  • Idaho will add a new statewide drug interdiction team at ISP to intercept fentanyl coming into our state.
  • Idaho is improving information sharing between law enforcement, first responders, health care, tribes, coroners and others to tackle the problem strategically.
  • Idaho is increasing resources for mental health and behavioral health to help prevent tragedy.
  • Governor Little is working with border states to help reduce the supply of drugs coming into America across the open border from the drug cartels.

“Take this problem seriously and learn more about it. Most importantly, take care of each other. Look out for yourselves and your friends,” Governor Little told the students.

Governor Little’s upcoming Texas border trip and ISP mission follow through on a commitment he made during his State of the State and Budget Address in January. With Title 42 set to end this week and an expected spike in illegal border crossings and even more fentanyl coming across the open border, governors are working together to increase state-driven border security efforts.

Additional details on the Governor’s trip and the ISP mission will be provided in the coming weeks.

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