Local Law Enforcement Warning Of Fentanyl Disguised As Marijuana
A local law enforcement bulletin in Salt Lake City, Utah obtained by KUTV warns of a drug that looks like Marijuana but is actually the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.
It only takes the equivalent of four grains of salt of the deadly drug to kill a person. A person can be poisoned by just a small exposure of the chemical on the skin.
“When you start seeing something anywhere in the U.S., there’s a good chance it’s going to spread across the country,” Sgt. Brandon Shearer with the Salt Lake City Police Department told the news station.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control points to fentanyl exposure as a routine safety risk for first responders.
“Potential exposure routes of greatest concern include inhalation, mucous membrane contact, ingestion, and percutaneous exposure (e.g., needlestick),” the CDC states. This exposure likely leads to death.
There is also concern that younger marijuana users are at risk.
“I think a lot of teenagers, I think a lot of the younger generation, is going to end up getting ahold of that,” recovering addict Chris Ruflin told KUTV.
According to the report, the disguised drug contains fentanyl, heroin, Tramadol, and traces of the highly addictive Methamphetamine. These narcotics are highly addictive and have compounded the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation.