'A Deliberate Effort By Drug Traffickers To Drive Addiction Among Kids'
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2022
This is just evil.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a nationwide warning that drug cartels are now producing "rainbow fentanyl" in the hopes of driving up their sales of the highly addictive—and potentially deadly—synthetic opioid to children. The brightly colored fentanyl is being produced in multiple forms, including pills, powder, blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk and, according to the DEA, other variations "made to look like candy."
Not Seen By County Drug Task—Yet
This past month law enforcement agencies across 18 states began seizing rainbow fentanyl. As part of their ongoing investigations, the COMBAT-funded Jackson County Drug Task Force has not "seen these multi-colored pills," Officer-In-Charge Dan Cummings said.
But Cumming added ominously, "So far."
'A Deliberate Effort' To Target Kids & Young Adults
DEA Administrator Anne Milgram called rainbow fentanyl "a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults."
Fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans 18 to 45, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced earlier this year. Just two milligrams of fentanyl—the equivalent of a 10- to 15-grain speck of salt—is a lethal dose.
The DEA stressed fentanly in any shape or color can be deadly, with drug dealers not being precise about dosage levels: "Despite claims that certain colors may be more potent than others, there is no indication through DEA's laboratory testing that this is the case. Every color, shape and size of fentanyl should be considered extremely dangerous."
- DEA Bulletin: Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used To Target Young Americans
'If you can see it...
it can kill you!'
- Is it really true that a small dose of fentanyl—"if you can see it, it can kill you"—can be fatal?
- Can fentanyl be 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin?
- Are you willing to bet your life the "prescription" pill sold or given to you illegally isn't counterfeit and laced with a lethal dose of fentanyl? (The odds are only about 50/50).
- How is fentanyl used in medical treatments?
- Is it true that fentanyl-involved overdoses are now a leading cause of death among young adults?
Get the answers. Spread the word. Warn those you know and love!