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Deadly ‘Rainbow Fentanyl’ Looks Like Candy, Could Entice Kids

By Sydney Murphy HealthDay Reporter
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the public that colorfully dyed fentanyl — called “rainbow fentanyl” — is readily available in the United States.

“Rainbow fentanyl — fentanyl pills and powder in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes — is a conscious effort by drug traffickers to encourage addiction in children and young adults,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram.

“The men and women of the DEA are working relentlessly to stop the rainbow fentanyl trade and defeat the Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for the vast majority of fentanyl trafficked in the United States,” Milgram added in a news agency. release.

The DEA and other law enforcement officers seized brightly colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states in August. The seized drugs include pills, powders and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk.

Despite claims that some colors are more potent than others, DEA lab tests have found no evidence to support these claims. Still, fentanyl is extremely dangerous, regardless of color, shape or size, the DEA said.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. A lethal dose of fentanyl is believed to be just 2 milligrams, or about 10 to 15 grains of table salt. According to the DEA, it is impossible to determine how much fentanyl is concentrated in a pill or powder without doing lab tests.

In addition, fentanyl remains the most deadly drug threat to the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 107,622 Americans overdosed and died in 2021, with synthetic opioids like fentanyl being the cause of 66% of those deaths. Drug poisoning is the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45.

If you come across any form of fentanyl, don’t use it and call 911 immediately, the DEA advised.

More information

The DEA’s Fentanyl Awareness page has additional resources for the community and parents.

SOURCE: US Drug Enforcement Administration, press release, August 30, 2022