Rainbow fentanyl used to target young children. How dangerous is this drug ?

Rainbow fentanyl is found in the state

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Multi-colored or colorful version of fentanyl is known as Rainbow fentanyl. The drug recently found in the illicit drug market. Last week, The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found rainbow fentanyl pills in Mankato.

The colorful version of fentanyl pills were found at Mankato Tower Apartments. When the police took the search warrant to 31 year old Bashir Mohamed house, they found the drug. Who is blamed for starting to shoot in the complex prior that morning, shooting a man he knew in a nearby apartment. Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force agents found three multi-colored M30 pills on September 16. Specialists directed a field test on the pills and found they contained fentanyl. Friday’s seizure was the first time task force agents encountered the rainbow colored pills that DHA officials say can be mistaken for candy. All the fentanyl pills that were found before were blue.

Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force Lt. Jeff Wersal said “These pills are extremely dangerous no matter what color they are, and they can easily kill several people with just one pill, We’re still working on trying to find out where they came from.”

The operations manager of the Mayo Clinic ambulance service in Mankato Kris Keltgen said “It’s a very dangerous substance. It’s 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine”.

Mankato specialists say they’ve held onto blue ones previously, yet never different varieties. Jeff Wersal said “The multi-colored ones, we were cautioned by the Drug Enforcement Administration a month or so prior that they were beginning to be seized the nation over. When we talk to the public about how these blue pills are so dangerous and to stay away from these blue pills, now they are coming in all types of different colors. We just want to let them know that ‘hey, it’s here.’ The taskforce found some multi-colored fentanyl pills, which means, if we found three of them, then there’s got to be tons more in the area and the state”.

Numbers for fentanyl found in southern Minnesota have risen sharply. Jeff Wersal said “that so far this year, 4,000 individual fentanyl pills were found in contrast to 12 individual pills that were found in 2021. I don’t think it’s gonna get better before it gets worse. But, hopefully it’s like any other drug. A lot of drugs come and go and people will realize that this drugs are too dangerous and it’s poisoning people. Hopefully we can solve the issue.” 

Wersal encouraged guardians to converse with children, companions and friends and family about not taking any pill except if endorsed to them by a specialist. He said that it’s unknown currently if there’s a difference in concentration of fentanyl for the multi-colored pills.

As per the DEA, the rainbow fentanyl could lead kids to confuse them with candy and make them more interesting to youngsters. It takes significantly less for somebody, including youngsters, to go too far or kick the bucket. Indeed, even a small amount, around two milligrams, of fentanyl can kill.

Fentanyl is a manufactured narcotic approved for treating sever pain with a prescription. Fentanyl is multiple times more grounded than heroin and multiple times more grounded than morphine, making it effective in pain relief but also more likely to cause overdose if misused.

The Drug Enforcement Administration warned the public in late August of rainbow fentanyl pills that are being targeted for younger demographics because of the coloring. 

Fentanyl-related overdose and death are connected to illegally made and sold fentanyl that are mixed with heroin and/or cocaine. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Texas, number of deaths related to fentanyl climbed strongly, with 214 deaths attributed to fentanyl in 2018 and 1,672 fentanyl related deaths in 2021 according to provisional data.

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How to prevent overdose of drugs

  • Taking illicit drugs or drugs from the road or unknown source is not a good idea.
  • The adults should talk about the danger of ingesting unknown substances with children and teens.
  • It is necessary to keep all prescription medications and other drugs out of the reach of children.
  • If there is an emergency contact 911.
  • If you are experiencing any adverse health effects or have questions or concerns about exposure to fentanyl or opioid overdose, Contact your healthcare provider or the Texas Poison Center Network at 1-800-222-1222
  • Naloxone (opioid reversal agent) is accessible through the through the state’s distribution program for individuals and organizations on morenarcanplease.com.

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