Nov 5, 2019
Police investigation uncovers significant amount of the deadly drug
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) and the Denver Police Department (DPD) are warning the public about an extremely potent and dangerous drug found in Denver. During a recent undercover investigation, DPD officers seized what appeared to be a significant amount of black tar heroin in a brick-like form. It was later determined to be fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, and 100 times more potent than morphine. Overdoses caused by fentanyl can happen faster and are harder to stop--even touching or breathing in fentanyl can be harmful. The drug can come in many forms, including pills, capsules, rock and pure powders. It cannot be seen, tasted or smelled when mixed with other drugs.
DDPHE, DPD, and several partners have been monitoring the Denver area for the presence of fentanyl with the goal of reducing the risk of overdose in the community. It has already been found in other cities across the country. But this is the first-time fentanyl has been found in this brick-like form in Denver. This newly-identified form of the drug may pose a high risk of overdose and death because it can easily be mistaken for heroin.
DDPHE advises anyone who misuses substances or knows someone who does, to share this warning and make sure they have naloxone available.