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DEA releases "Rainbow Fentanyl" warning

Drug Enforcement Administration
Rainbow fentanyl - fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

Agency reports drug cartels are changing strategy to target young people

The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning of a new trend with fentanyl that targets children.

The pills, powders, and even blocks that look like sidewalk chalk are brightly colored - and the DEA says that's meant to make them look like candy or something fun for kids to try.

But fentanyl is incredibly dangerous - it's more potent than heroin or morphine and just coming in contact with it can have serious consequences.

The new variety of fentanyl has been found - and seized - in 18 states, including in the DEA's St. Louis division.

Agents say fentanyl remains the deadliest drug threat in the country, with data showing two-thirds of overdose deaths being caused by synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

The DEA has a fentanyl awareness page to provide more information about the threat.

Jennifer Fuller joined Capitol News Illinois in July 2023 as the organization’s broadcast director. She will oversee the launch and operations of CNI’s new broadcast division.

Contact Jennifer Fuller at jfuller@capitolnewsillinois.com
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