Former DEA official warns parents after fentanyl found disguised in candy packaging – New York Post
Federal officials say fake prescription pills containing potentially deadly fentanyl are driving overdose death rates to record levels in the U.S. The DEA is cracking down on violent drug cartels in Mexico, the attorney general said.
In the U.S., record overdose deaths have been caused by synthetic drugs like fentanyl. Law enforcement officials have been struggling to combat the surge of drugs in urban and rural communities.
The DEA has seized rainbow pills in 21 states, and believes they are being marketed at young people.
Two Mexican drug cartels are responsible for the majority of fentanyl in the U.S., federal authorities said. The drugs are sold on social media platforms and pressed into fake pills, and is also moved into other drugs like cocaine and heroin.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be 50 times more potent than heroin. Caulkins said the best way to deal with the fentanyl crisis is to put money toward treatment and increasing the availability of naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses.
The Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area warned the public to be careful because there have been multiple fatalities.
Fentanyl is being sold online in Hawaii as well, with traffickers targeting youth. The drugs are being shipped directly to Hawaii through the mail or delivery services.
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- Former DEA official warns parents after fentanyl found disguised in candy packaging New York Post
- DEA warns of rainbow fentanyl used to target youth WFAA
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- Highly potent batch of fentanyl linked to ‘multiple’ recent deaths on Hawaii Island, authorities say Hawaii News Now
- Health officials concerned about ‘rainbow’ fentanyl 9NEWS