(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Tennessee sheriff’s deputies have warned the general public about fentanyl-laced dollar bills that have been found folded and lying on the ground.
According to the Giles County Sheriff’s Department, two different incidences were reportedly recorded at a single petrol station in the nearby area. Following analysis of the substance inside the bills, fentanyl and methamphetamine were discovered.
The Giles County Sheriff’s Department announced on their Facebook page, “This is a very serious situation!”
They urge people to spread the word and teach children not to pick up any folded money they might find in or around businesses, playgrounds, or other public places. They should exercise extreme caution and inform a parent or guardian.
The graphic, which depicts a tiny bit of white powder next to a penny, was included in the post by the sheriff’s department to illustrate that even a small amount of fentanyl can be fatal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid comparable to morphine and heroin but anywhere from 50 to 100 times more potent.”
According to the CDC, fentanyl can enter the body through direct contact with the skin, inhalation, or oral consumption.
China is responsible for producing the vast majority of the chemicals used to make fentanyl. The Drug Enforcement Administration requests that the Chinese government take stricter action against the supply chain networks responsible for manufacturing illegal drugs.
Much of the fentanyl is shipped to Mexico, which is pressed into counterfeit look-alikes of prescription drugs. It is then smuggled across the border.
Mexican authorities announced on Thursday that they had discovered an illegal factory in the border town of San Luis Rio Colorado, which is directly over the border from Yuma, Arizona. The facility contained a pill press that was used to produce fentanyl pills.
Federal prosecutors have stated that they successfully apprehended a man who was in possession of 11 pounds of fentanyl tablets, 110 pounds of white powder, and 44 pounds of blue powder in addition to an industrial pill press.
Fentanyl overdoses are the greatest cause of mortality for people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 45.