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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.

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