Deadly 'Rainbow Fentanyl' Looks Like Candy, Could Entice Kids

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By Sydney Murphy HealthDay Reporter
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THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is informing the nationalist that colorfully dyed fentanyl — dubbed "rainbow fentanyl" — is readily disposable crossed the United States.

“Rainbow fentanyl — fentanyl pills and pulverization that travel successful a assortment of agleam colors, shapes, and sizes — is simply a deliberate effort by cause traffickers to thrust addiction amongst kids and young adults,” said DEA head Anne Milgram.

“The men and women of the DEA are relentlessly moving to halt the trafficking of rainbow fentanyl and decision the Mexican cause cartels that are liable for the immense bulk of the fentanyl that is being trafficked successful the United States,” Milgram added successful an bureau quality release.

The DEA and different instrumentality enforcement officials seized brightly colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills successful 18 states successful August. The confiscated drugs see pills, powders and blocks that lucifer sidewalk chalk.

Despite assertions that immoderate colors mightiness beryllium much potent than others, DEA laboratory investigating has recovered nary grounds to enactment these claims. Still, fentanyl is highly dangerous, nary substance the color, signifier oregon size, the DEA said.

A synthetic opioid, fentanyl is 100 times much potent than morphine and 50 times much potent than heroin. A lethal dose of fentanyl is thought to beryllium arsenic small arsenic 2 milligrams, oregon astir 10 to 15 grains of array salt. It is intolerable to find however overmuch fentanyl is concentrated successful a pill oregon pulverization without conducting laboratory testing, according to the DEA.

Moreover, fentanyl remains the astir lethal cause menace to the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 107,622 Americans overdosed and died successful 2021, with synthetic opioids similar fentanyl the origin of 66% of those deaths. Drug poisoning is the starring origin of decease for Americans betwixt the ages of 18 and 45.

If you brushwood immoderate signifier of fentanyl, refrain from handling it and telephone 911 immediately, the DEA advised.

More information

The DEA’s Fentanyl Awareness leafage lists further assemblage and parental resources.

SOURCE: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, quality release, Aug. 30, 2022

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