A heartbreaking form of drug trafficking used to lure children into addiction is on the rise- the ‘candy’ disguise.
These brightly colored pieces are not Halloween candy- this is called rainbow fentanyl. It comes in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and formats; yet the danger is the same no matter how it looks.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, “Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Just two milligrams of fentanyl, which is equal to 10-15 grains of table salt, is considered a lethal dose. Without laboratory testing, there is no way to know how much fentanyl is concentrated in a pill or powder. “
Of the 100,000+ Americans who died from drug overdoses in 2021, ⅔ of the deaths were caused by synthetic opioids like fentanyl, making this the biggest drug threat facing America. As the DEA states, “Fentanyl available in the United States is primarily supplied by two criminal drug networks, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).”
If offered brightly colored candy from an unrecognizable brand, do not try it. If you discover fentanyl in any form, call the police immediately. If you or a loved one is struggling with fentanyl (or any other drug) addiction, you can anonymously call the National Rehab Hotline of Michigan at 1-866-210-1303.