The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is now warning the public to be on the lookout for a new colorful form of fentanyl, referred to as "rainbow fentanyl."
The DEA believes this version of the drug is now widely available in the U.S.
Rainbow fentanyl comes in pill and powder form and in various bright colors and shapes – a strategy DEA suggests is meant to entice children and young adults to try the drug.
This form of fentanyl could easily be mistaken for candy.
Much of this new form of fentanyl is coming to the U.S. from Mexican cartels.
According to USA Today, "border patrol agents said they found more than 15,000 rainbow fentanyl pills at Arizona's Nogales Port of Entry – following 250,000 fentanyl pills that were seized at the same port (recently), some of which were multi-colored.”
Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and nearly 100 times more potent than morphine. A dose as small as a few grains of table salt is often fatal.
In yet another alarming development, the DEA D.C. division reports finding colorful pills that could be mistaken for children’s multivitamins containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.
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