HAYWARD (CBS SF) – Police in Hayward warned residents Thursday that officers recently discovered a deadly synthetic opioid form Fentanyl that looks like chewing gum.
The police department took to social media to post information about the recently discovered form of the drug, which is destroying communities across the country.
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“Some of our patrol officers recently discovered and seized fentanyl which they described as resembling ‘chewed gum,’ the ministry’s Facebook read.
Department spokeswoman Cassandra Fovel told KPIX 5 that she suspects the colors are not random.
“Yellow is one of them, blue is another,” Fovel said. “Each of the colors symbolizes a different level of power.”
According to Hayward police, fentanyl “is deadly, constantly evolving and easily disguised” as well as responsible for the number of overdose deaths in the United States at an all time high last year. The artificial opioid is said to be up to 40 times more toxic than heroin and up to 100 times more toxic than morphine, and is often used to cut other drugs, like cocaine and methamphetamine.
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“Please pass this information on to your family and friends. We want the community to be more informed and able to recognize and report these types of substances, especially those who know someone who has substance abuse issues, ”Hayward Police wrote.
“We just want the community to be safe and aware that if they see these types of substances in the public, stay away,” Fovel said.