Two are arrested after Monterey police found them carrying rainbow-colored fentanyl

Monterey Police Department arrested two people in possession of rainbow-colored fentanyl. Police say it’s the first time seeing anything like this. Both people were arrested in Monterey with narcotics possession charges.“This is the first time we’ve seen it, at least with fentanyl. In the past, you’ve seen, or we’ve seen, methamphetamine that will be in different colors. A lot of times, they’re colored so they would appeal more to children or parties,” says Monterey police Assistant Chief Mark Bruno.Bruno said it strongly resembles lucky charms, making it especially troubling.Dr. Casey Grover with the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula says he uses the drug frequently in medical practices to treat patients but warns it can be lethal on the street.“A 4-gram sugar packet, if you took four grams of fentanyl, that’s enough to treat 40,000 and kill 2,000 people,” Dr. Casey Grover.Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is a significant contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in California.“We see it in our cannibals; we see it in our cocaine, our methamphetamine, mixed into everything. So with that, we’ve had an 8-fold increase in the fatalities over the last few years, just because it’s mixed into everything and it’s so prominent in our community,” said Dr. Reb Close, CHOMP.Dr. Close warns the community of the severity of the police’s new findings.“We have to talk about it. These are uncomfortable conversations for parents and siblings. You’ve got to talk about it. You have to say I saw something that looks like a rainbow marshmallow, and they found it had fentanyl. Do you know what that can do to you?”

Monterey Police Department arrested two people in possession of rainbow-colored fentanyl. Police say it’s the first time seeing anything like this. Both people were arrested in Monterey with narcotics possession charges.

“This is the first time we’ve seen it, at least with fentanyl. In the past, you’ve seen, or we’ve seen, methamphetamine that will be in different colors. A lot of times, they’re colored so they would appeal more to children or parties,” says Monterey police Assistant Chief Mark Bruno.

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Bruno said it strongly resembles lucky charms, making it especially troubling.

Dr. Casey Grover with the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula says he uses the drug frequently in medical practices to treat patients but warns it can be lethal on the street.

“A 4-gram sugar packet, if you took four grams of fentanyl, that’s enough to treat 40,000 and kill 2,000 people,” Dr. Casey Grover.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is a significant contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in California.

“We see it in our cannibals; we see it in our cocaine, our methamphetamine, mixed into everything. So with that, we’ve had an 8-fold increase in the fatalities over the last few years, just because it’s mixed into everything and it’s so prominent in our community,” said Dr. Reb Close, CHOMP.

Dr. Close warns the community of the severity of the police’s new findings.

“We have to talk about it. These are uncomfortable conversations for parents and siblings. You’ve got to talk about it. You have to say I saw something that looks like a rainbow marshmallow, and they found it had fentanyl. Do you know what that can do to you?”

Contributed by local news sources

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