Sen. Marshall Hosts Fentanyl Crisis Roundtable in Kansas City

Kansas City, KS – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. hosted a fentanyl crisis roundtable today in Kansas City to hear directly from federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, as well as area health care providers about the impact illegal fentanyl is having in Wyandotte County.

Fentanyl poisoning kills a Kansan everyday and is now the number one cause of death nationwide among adults 18-49.

“Fentanyl is killing a Kansan every single day.” Senator Marshall said. “Our children do not know what they’re up against, and we do not have time to waste. Those who joined me at today’s roundtable are on the frontlines of this crisis, fighting against this lethal epidemic every day. To win this battle, it is going to take an all-hands-on-deck approach. Solution-based discussions like today’s roundtable are an important step to address the fentanyl crisis head-on.”

Joining today’s event were representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of National Drug Control Policy, U.S. Marshals Service, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office, Wyandotte County Unified Government Public Health Department, Kansas City Kansas Police Department, Kansas City Kansas Public School District, Libby Davis Mother of Cooper Davis, University of Kansas Medical Center, Wyandotte Behavioral Health Network, Vibrant Health KC and University of Kansas Health System’s Strawberry Hill Campus.


Last week, the HALT Fentanyl Act – legislation Senator Marshall co-authored in the U.S. Senate – passed the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Senator Marshall is also the lead sponsor of the Cooper Davis Act, a piece of legislation that holds social media companies accountable for users dealing fentanyl and other drugs on their platforms. The bill is named after Cooper Davis, a 16-year old Kansan who died from fentanyl poisoning from a counterfeit Percocet tablet he purchased on Snapchat.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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