Police have warned that fentanyl-contaminated oxycontin tablets have killed several teenagers in Northland and Independence, causing overdose throughout the region.
This is not about arresting a teenager for tinkering with drugs. This is a public health warning. Police said they were trying to get these counterfeit pills off the street before the death toll reached a critical rate.
This is a serious problem, so tell your kids about it.
“It’s pretty scary,” said John Sime, an independent police spokesman investigating the recent deaths of two teenagers who say police have taken these deadly pills. I did.
During February Kansas City police were investigating some overdose Death from overdose at a school in Northland, city.
Police said in a statement, “Drugs are widespread throughout the metropolitan area, but the most overdose is among teenagers in Northland. Some survived and some did not. “
Police have seen a surprising increase in fentanyl overdose throughout the metro from Grain Valley to St. Joseph. Police have dealt with several deaths this month and believe that more than 65 overdoses may be associated with pills. Health officials in Buchanan County have reported 110 overdose since the beginning of the year.
The Park Hill School District warned parents. “If you come across any of these tablets, be careful to wear gloves before touching them. Your skin can absorb this dangerous drug,” the notice said. .. “If you hear a student talking about fentanyl or its nickname. Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfellas, Jackpot, Murder 8, or Tango & Cash should contact a law enforcement agency or school resource officer.”
Kansas City police warned parents to watch out for small blue pills engraved with “M” and “30”. They look like oxycontin pills, only mixed with fentanyl, a drug that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
“Children will be children and they will try something,” he said. Duncummings, Director of the Jackson County Drug Task Force. “But we have kids, good kids. They buy these pills because they think they are prescription drugs. That means they are safe. They What he is unaware of is that he may be getting what is literally a poison. “
According to Cummings, police believe drug dealers have mixed various illegal drugs with cheaper ones, Very strong fentanyl As a way to mass produce more expensive drugs.
Because the two drugs are often not well mixed, some counterfeit tablets extruded from the mixture have higher levels of fentanyl than other tablets.
For dealers, it’s about making as much money as possible, “There is no quality control. They really don’t care. They may not intend to overfill any pill with fentanyl, but that’s it. I don’t pay much attention to it either. ”As a result,“ taking these medicines is like playing Russian roulette. ”
“Tablets with high enough fentanyl levels can be as deadly as chewing cyanide capsules,” said Vince Ortega, director of COMBAT, Jackson County, in a statement.