Utah warning: counterfeit pills, drugs laced with fentanyl could cause overdose deaths

Regulation enforcement in Utah issued a warning this week amid a bunch of fentanyl-linked deaths in Colorado and a major seizure in Utah. (Ray Boone, KSL-TV)

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PARK CITY — New warnings got here from legislation enforcement in Utah this week amid a bunch of fentanyl-linked deaths in Colorado and the newest vital seizure in Utah.

Park Metropolis police joined the Summit County Sheriff’s Workplace and others in posting a warning about unintentional overdoses as a consequence of laced or counterfeit medication containing fentanyl.

“Fentanyl shouldn’t be simply identifiable and is usually mistaken for different managed substances and prescriptions,” a Fb submit acknowledged. “Furthermore, fentanyl overdose deaths are commonest amongst younger adults and youth. Sadly, our neighborhood shouldn’t be immune.”

The phrases of warning got here after 5 individuals had been discovered lifeless in an condo in Commerce Metropolis, Colo., and investigators uncovered an “overwhelming quantity” of fentanyl and cocaine in an setting the place prosecutors suspected the group might have been snorting the substance.

It additionally got here as Utah Freeway Patrol introduced three arrests that had been associated to greater than eight kilos of fentanyl drugs uncovered throughout a visitors cease in Cedar Metropolis.

In October, legislation enforcement officers in Utah County made a major fentanyl bust of their very own, supplying what they mentioned was sufficient fentanyl powder to produce deadly doses to 16,000 individuals.

Sgt. Doug Howell with the Utah County Sheriff’s Workplace Particular Enforcement Workforce mentioned Wednesday he was involved concerning the trajectory on which fentanyl was headed in Utah.

“I am afraid that fentanyl’s going, I feel it will take over,” Howell mentioned.

Howell acknowledged the hazards of current warnings had been an actual fear, given the potential for drug customers to unwittingly ingest a deadly quantity of fentanyl.

“An individual might take one tablet and never really feel something, take one other tablet that has, , three or 4 instances the quantity of a deadly dose and that is it,” Howell mentioned.

Howell mentioned cartels more and more seem like mixing fentanyl with different medication.

“They’re including it to heroin, they’re including it to meth, they’re including it to all the things to extend the addictiveness of it after which pushing that throughout the border,” he mentioned.

Park Metropolis police warned particularly that drugs laced with fentanyl have appeared regionally have tended to be blue, greenish, or pale-colored they usually might have the markings M30, K9, 215, or v48. They mentioned fentanyl powder has usually appeared as white.

With a big provide frequently shipped into the USA, Howell mentioned he apprehensive ultimately what the implications could be in Utah.

“You may see overdose deaths go up dramatically when that stuff is available in full swing on this space,” Howell mentioned.

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