CASPER, Wyo. — Denver Police Department officers recently seized what they initially thought to be “a significant amount of black tar heroin in a brick-like form” during an undercover investigation.
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment says the drug was later determined to be fentanyl, “a powerful synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, and 100 times more potent than morphine.”
While brick-form fentanyl has been found in other cities across the country, the health department says this is the first time it has been found in Denver.
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“This newly-identified form of the drug may pose a high risk of overdose and death because it can easily be mistaken for heroin,” the Tuesday, Nov. 5 announcement says. “Overdoses caused by fentanyl can happen faster and are harder to stop–even touching or breathing in fentanyl can be harmful.”
Denver’s public health officials added that fentanyl can come in a variety of forms such as pills, capsules, rock and pure powders and can be mixed with other drugs. When mixed with other drugs, it can’t be seen, tasted or smelled.
“DDPHE advises anyone who misuses substances or knows someone who does, to share this warning and make sure they have naloxone available,” the release concludes.