Facing Fentanyl Head On with Andrea Thomas

Aug 21, 2023

When Andrea Thomas' daughter Ashley lost her life to half of a pill that contained illicit fentanyl, her world was turned upside down.  Since her daughter's death in 2018, Andrea has thrown herself into activism, starting the prevention and awareness organization, Voices for Awareness, and later working with other activists on Facing Fentanyl Now, an awareness and education organization.

Andrea is on a mission to educate families and youth about the dangers of illicit fentanyl and counterfeit pills.  She hopes education will save others from the painful realities of the deadly drugs that circulate on the black market today.

In this episode, we will discuss: 

  • The deadly dangers of counterfeit pills
  • The tragic toll of fentanyl poisoning
  • Driving change through prevention and awareness



Views expressed in this material are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rigaku Analytical Devices.

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Michael W. Brown is the global director of counter-narcotics technology at Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 32 years as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most recently he was the DEA Headquarters staff coordinator for the Office of Foreign Operations for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India. Prior to that he served as the country attaché in India and Myanmar providing foreign advisory support for counter narcotic enforcement. He also spent 10 years in Pakistan as a special advisor to the US Embassy on various law enforcement issues. Michael is a graduate of the United States Ranger Training Battalion and has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and Management from the University of Eastern Michigan.

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