DEA issues new warnings on fentanyl

Earlier this month, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a nationwide warning about the dangers of fentanyl. According to the DEA, it’s “the most potent opioid available for use in medical treatment – 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.”

There’s urgency around the issue because fentanyl is commonly laced in heroin, and there’s been a recent increase in heroin abuse. Fentanyl can be dangerous to anyone who comes into contact with it because it can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled while the powder is airborne – meaning that law enforcement personnel especially are at risk during the course of enforcement. The DEA has also seen an increase in the number of fentanyl-related seizures.

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