‘Rainbow Fentanyl’ found in 18 states, Illinois officials warn – NBC Chicago

Officials from the Illinois Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Public Health warn of fentanyl appearing in bright colors, sometimes looking like sidewalk chalk or candy.

Fentanyl has been found by law enforcement officials in 18 different states, the brightly colored synthetic opioid appearing in pill, powder and block form. Law enforcement officials believe this is a tactic to market the substance to children and adolescents.

Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids contributed to two-thirds of the 107,622 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2021. The potency of fentanyl poses a significant risk, with the drug being 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine on average.

For people with no opioid tolerance, a dose of just two milligrams, or the equivalent of 10 to 15 grains of table salt, can be deadly. Officials warn that without lab testing, there is no way to determine how much fentanyl is in a sample.

According to Illinois health officials, rainbow-colored fentanyl was confirmed to be in the following states on September 1:

  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Arizona
  • North Carolina
  • West Virginia
  • washington d.c.
  • Missouri

Earlier this month, Illinois health officials considered the alert to be “low” and did not confirm at the time whether rainbow-colored fentanyl had been seized. in the state. State health officials have not addressed the presence of the drug since the initial Sept. 1 alert.

According to the DEA, fentanyl was seized in 18 states in August 2022, but did not specify in which states the drug was found.

NBC Chicago

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