Fentanyl and Carfentanil – A Lethal Threat to Our Community

Kay County Sheriff's Office - October 13, 2023 6:24 am

The law enforcement officers encourage the citizens of Kay and Noble Counties want to raise awareness about the deadly presence of fentanyl and carfentanil in our community.
In recent months Kay and Noble County have witnessed a disturbing increase in the availability and use of these highly potent and dangerous synthetic opioids. Fentanyl and carfentanil are substances that pose a grave threat to individuals and our entire community. Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and carfentanil is 100 times more potent than fentanyl. They can be lethal even in tiny amounts and even just touching these drugs can be deadly. While most of us know of the deadly drug fentanyl, carfentanil is much stronger and deadly. We have begun to see evidence of carfentanil in our counties recently.
Local law enforcement wishes to emphasize the following critical points:
Deadly Potency: Fentanyl and carfentanil are exceptionally powerful opioids. A tiny amount, equivalent to a few grains of salt, can lead to overdose and death. These drugs are often mixed with other substances, making it challenging for users to gauge their potency.
Widespread Availability: These dangerous substances are increasingly found in street drugs such as counterfeit pills, cocaine, heroin, and even marijuana. Anyone who uses street drugs is at risk of unknowingly consuming fentanyl or carfentanil.
Rising Overdose Rates: The presence of fentanyl and carfentanil has led to a sharp increase in overdose deaths in our community. These deaths are preventable, and immediate action is required to address this crisis.
Protecting Loved Ones: Families, friends, and communities must be vigilant and educate themselves about the risks associated with these drugs. Recognizing the signs of overdose, such as slow or irregular breathing, blue lips or fingertips, and unresponsiveness, can save lives.
Seeking Help: If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, it is crucial to seek help immediately. Local addiction treatment and support services are available to provide assistance, treatment, and resources for recovery.
Law Enforcement Efforts: Law enforcement agencies in Kay County are committed to combatting the distribution and trafficking of fentanyl and carfentanil. Reporting suspicious activity related to drug distribution can help protect our community.
Local law enforcement urges residents to share this information with their friends and family to ensure everyone is aware of the dangers posed by fentanyl and carfentanil. Together, we can take steps to protect our community members and prevent further tragedies.
For more information, resources, or assistance related to substance use and addiction, please contact your local law enforcement or the 8th District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and Major Crime Unit.
We stand united in our commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of our community. Together, we can overcome this deadly threat. Please talk to your loved ones and express that the pill they are taking may very well be laced with these deadly drugs.
Kay County Sheriff,
Steve Kelley

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