The DEA warns of the increase in the use of “rainbow” fentanyl among young people


United States.- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the public about an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available in the United States.

In August 2022, the DEA and our law enforcement partners seized brightly colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states.

Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.

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

“Rainbow fentanyl” is a trend among young people. Photo: DEA

“The men and women of the DEA are working tirelessly to stop the trafficking of rainbow fentanyl and defeat the Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for the vast majority of the fentanyl trafficked into the United States.”

Brightly colored fentanyl is seized in multiple forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk. Despite claims that certain colors may be more potent than others, DEA laboratory tests do not indicate this to be the case. All colors, shapes, and sizes of fentanyl should be considered extremely dangerous.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Just two milligrams of fentanyl, which is equivalent to 10-15 grains of table salt, is considered a lethal dose. Without laboratory tests, there is no way of knowing how much fentanyl is concentrated in a pill or powder.

Fentanyl remains the deadliest drug threat facing this country. According to the CDC, 107,622 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021, and 66 percent of those deaths were related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin. Photo: DEA

Drug poisoning is the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45. Fentanyl available in the United States is primarily supplied by two criminal drug networks, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

In September 2021, the DEA launched the One Pill Can Kill public awareness campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of fake pills. Additional resources for parents and the community can be found on the DEA’s Fentanyl Awareness page.

The DEA is asking the public, if you find fentanyl in any form, do not handle it and call 911 immediately.

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The DEA is asking the public, if you find fentanyl in any form, do not handle it and call 911 immediately.

Source-www.debate.com.mx