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DEA warns of dangers of fentanyl

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According to the DEA, just two milligrams is considered a lethal dose of fentanyl. However, they found it was less of a powder and looked more like a regular prescription pill.

“People may think they are buying a drug but they are actually getting the drug laced with fentanyl, or they think they are buying a pill from the pharmacy but they buy it on the street or in the vehicle. social media. What is that pill… it’s a fake pill that’s made to look like the real thing and is hard to tell apart,” explained Acting Special Agent in Charge Greg Millard.

They are now warning the public that “One Pill Can Kill” in their latest outreach campaign explains that even a small dose of fentanyl can be deadly.

“Imagine a few grains of salt on the tip of a pencil. Now, it may not look like much, but the danger of fentanyl is that it is so powerful that it only takes two milligrams to be fatal. Now, think there’s only going to be two milligrams, a few fentanyl granules mixed into one pill? ‘ said Millard.

The DEA’s testing of seized counterfeit pills found that four in 10 contained a lethal dose of fentanyl, but it wasn’t just the impregnated pills.

“We’ve got other drugs, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, all coming back from the lab with fentanyl in them, so these drug cartels are using fentanyl to increase profits or cut down. narcotics with fentanyl. It’s really dangerous because you have no way of knowing how much is in it and if there’s a fatal dose in it,” Millard said.

Just last year, the Albuquerque DEA office seized nearly 250 pounds of fentanyl, a 900% increase from the previous year. But drug seizure is only part of the solution

“You can’t police the way out, we can’t block the way out, we have to get help from the community, everyone,” Millard said. “I would say the real DEA is more than our middle name – the Drug Enforcement Administration – however, we do much more in outreach, education, prevention.”

Millard said one way to help fight this epidemic is simply to talk to your family about the dangers. Also, never buy prescription drugs that have not been prescribed by your doctor.

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Yasmin Harisha

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