A chilling new warning about fentanyl in New Jersey
The Drug Enforcement Administration is reaching out to state, county and local law enforcement officials in New Jersey with a chilling new warning and a request for assistance.
According to Susan Gibson, special agent in charge of the DEA in New Jersey, drug traffickers have started spiking pills, marijuana and cocaine with fentanyl. When overdose deaths take place, the DEA wants specific details about the makeup of the product that was involved in the death.
Charge them with murder
She said this information is important because “we want to start responding to these overdose deaths not as accidental, but treat them as homicide investigations, and in order to be able to do that we have to work with our local counterparts and we have to identify the product that’s being utilized.”
“We want to charge people that are knowingly distributing fentanyl with homicide, we want to charge them with death resulting of their actions and distributing a product that’s killing people," she said.
Dealers are using fentanyl to boost the highs people will get from whatever drug they are using, including phony Percocet and Oxycontin pills, even though very small amounts of fentanyl can be and frequently are deadly.
Only a pinch will kill you
As little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can kill a user, who have no idea how much might be in a pill or drug.
Gibson said drug dealers have only one thing in mind.
“They want it to be the strongest product they can put out there. I know it sounds crazy because this product can kill you, but a lot of people who are addicted, they don’t think like that," she said.
“Whatever illicit drug you’re buying right now, you have to be prepared that there’s fentanyl in it — period,” she said.
She noted there has recently been a spike in fentanyl-related mass-overdose events around the nation, and there are fears this could soon begin to happen in the Garden State.
The DEA defines a mass-overdose event as more than three people dying at the same time in the same location from drugs.
She noted 96% of heroin recently seized in New Jersey is laced with fentanyl.
“We are dedicated to getting as much information out as we can to people, so they can get educated and they can make better choices, we have over 3,000 people dying a year in this state from overdoses,” she said.
For more information on the threat of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, you can visit DEA.gov.