The California Office of Community Health (CDPH) issued an warn about a new edition of the artificial drug fentanyl that comes in brilliant colors and resembles candy.  

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency recently identified this new development in which “rainbow fentanyl” appears in shiny shades and in several varieties, such as pills, powder, and blocks that can resemble sidewalk chalk or sweet.

Fentanyl is an incredibly potent and risky artificial opioid that is 80-100 times much more strong than morphine and 40-50 periods a lot more powerful than heroin. As a outcome, it is a key result in of overdose for unsuspecting men and women. 

Officials warned that any tablet (regardless of its color, shape, or measurement) that does not occur from a well being treatment supplier or pharmacist can have fentanyl and can be fatal. Quite often, men and women paying for these pills are unaware that they incorporate fentanyl. 

According to the DEA, this edition appears to be a new approach employed by drug cartels to promote very addictive and possibly lethal fentanyl manufactured to search like sweet to little ones and youthful folks.

1 of the approaches that faculties and districts can be ready for the risk of an overdose on a university campus is owning on hand naloxone, a daily life-saving drug that reverses an opioid overdose. Take a look at SDCOE’s web site to learn how to acquire this drug.

Also out there to educational facilities and districts across the county are drug-prevention education means that contain shows focusing on escalating the perception of damage among our young men and women about opioids, cannabis, and other drugs. You can discover much more about this application on SDCOE’s web page or reach out immediately to presenter Rocky Herron at [email protected].

In San Diego, there ended up far more than 1,100 overdose deaths in 2021, compared to 976 in 2020. In 2021, 22 young individuals beneath the age of 21, and 12 teens underneath the age of 18 died from overdose. Statewide, the figures are a lot more alarming.

In accordance to the California Department of Community Health (CDPH) California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard, opioid-related overdose fatalities in California’s youth ages 10-19 a long time greater from 2018 (54 full) to 2020 (274 overall), marking a 407 p.c maximize around two a long time, mainly driven by fentanyl. In addition, fentanyl-connected overdose fatalities in California’s youth ages 10-19 yrs elevated from 2018 (36 complete) to 2020 (261 full), a 625 p.c maximize.

If you encounter fentanyl in any sort, do not manage it and phone 911 instantly.