|September 24, 2022|
Sellers of fentanyl-laced drugs put on notice, Rainbow fentanyl debuts
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Local law enforcement authorities are warning that drug trafficking organizations are producing counterfeit pharmaceutical pills containing fentanyl. The opioid is turning up in drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
The result is an unprecedented rise in drug overdose deaths in the Inland Empire and across the nation.
Authorities say that young people are the primary victims.
Health officials warned Thursday about a new “rainbow fentanyl” drug. State Public Health Officer Tomás Aragón warned that it is a potentially fatal drug found in pills and powders in a variety of bright colors, shapes and sizes that could attract young people.
“Rainbow fentanyl can be found in many forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that can resemble sidewalk chalk or candy,” said Dr. Aragón.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department is responding with a pilot intervention program.
In July, a full-time team was created and equipped with additional resources.
Prosecutors are filing murder charges against those suspected of selling the fentanyl-laced drugs when an overdose death results.
Story Date: September 22, 2022