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

Regulation enforcement in Utah issued a warning this week amid a gaggle 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 regulation enforcement in Utah this week amid a gaggle of fentanyl-linked deaths in Colorado and the newest important 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 medicine containing fentanyl.

“Fentanyl just isn’t simply identifiable and is often mistaken for different managed substances and prescriptions,” a Fb publish acknowledged. “Furthermore, fentanyl overdose deaths are most typical amongst younger adults and youth. Sadly, our group just isn’t immune.”

The phrases of warning got here after 5 folks had been discovered useless in an residence in Commerce Metropolis, Colo., and investigators uncovered an “overwhelming quantity” of fentanyl and cocaine in an atmosphere 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 capsules uncovered throughout a visitors cease in Cedar Metropolis.

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

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

“I am afraid that fentanyl’s going, I feel it is going to take over,” Howell stated.

Howell acknowledged the hazards of latest 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 capsule and never really feel something, take one other capsule that has, you already know, three or 4 occasions the quantity of a deadly dose and that is it,” Howell stated.

Howell stated cartels more and more look like mixing fentanyl with different medicine.

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

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

With a big provide frequently shipped into the USA, Howell stated he frightened ultimately what the implications can be in Utah.

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

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