Fentanyl- It's In Your Community
Fentanyl is the latest prescription drug abuse threat in our communities.
Fentanyl, when used legitimately, is a schedule II prescription drug and is typically used to manage pain after surgery. It is similar to morphine, but attaches much more tightly to the opiate receptors in the body, so you need less of the drug to ease the same amount of pain. This makes it much easier for a user to overdose on fentanyl.
Drug cartels have began producing fentanyl in illegal laboratories to sell pure or to mix with heroin. Street names include Apache, China Girl, Dance Fever, Jackpot and Murder 8.
Illegal fentanyl producers are often using rental properties, hotel rooms, extended stay suites, and empty buildings to manufacture the lethal substance.
If you own or manage any of these properties, be aware of the signs of a potential fentanyl drug lab operation, including an unusual amount of white or colored powder on walls, floors; unusual thumping sounds that could indicate a pill press machine; odors - often a strong vinegar smell; reluctance to let landlords inspect the property.
If you suspect that there is a clandestine fentanyl laboratory, leave the area immediately and notify the police.