A new warning is coming from a Tennessee District Attorney about a brand new potentially fatal combination of marijuana and the street drug often mixed with heroin, fentanyl, which is now hitting the streets.
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District Attorney Matthew Stowe told the press in Tennessee that the drug is now readily available in Tennessee and “he can’t warn people fast enough.”
“It’s absolutely being seen in Tennessee. It’s being seen in West Tennessee, it’s coming in in vast, vast quantities,” he said.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid used in severe cases and surgeries to treat the symptoms of chronic pain. On the street, it takes just a small amount for someone to overdose within minutes.
“It is very easy to move,” Stowe said. “It is very easy to transport and it’s hard to detect.”
He continued, “There are some marijuana dealers that will tell their clients that I have no doubt there is fentanyl in it and some of the more addictive folks, especially folks that also use other drugs, will get that marijuana laced with fentanyl in hopes of getting a better high.”
The District Attorney also said that there is no way for someone on the street to know if the marijuana is laced before they smoke itm
“The bottom line is, anyone, anywhere could mix fentanyl and marijuana and there’s no way of knowing it until it’s too late,” Stowe warned.
Since fentanyl is so extremely powerful, Stowe said that marijuana laced with it could kill more than just the user, but also affect others who inhaled the second hand smoke.
“Marijuana laced with fentanyl can be extremely deadly and to anyone who touches it, taste it, smokes it or anything else of that nature,” he said. “If it’s laced with fentanyl, marijuana can be the deadliest drug there is.”
Stowe said special agents from several county drug task forces have recovered the deadly mix of drugs from busts throughout Tennessee.
“I wanted to get an alert out right away,” Stowe said. “I didn’t want the community to have their first notice that we have this problem be someone’s child in the morgue.”
He continued, “Parents just need to know how deadly this is. Someone with marijuana laced with fentanyl could light up that joint, and not only would they be dead, but everyone who’s been around it inhaling the smoke could be dead as well in a matter of minutes.”
The incredibly risky concoction of drugs has also caught the attention of the Commissioner of Safety and on the Federal level the Department of Homeland Security.
The office confirmed that fentanyl laced with marijuana is a concerning trend it’s starting to see in various parts of the nation.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol it hasn't personally dealt with such a bust yet, so it remains to be seen if the concoction is being laced in the cities or if it's being trafficked premade and ready to smoke.
The agency said so far, no cases of marijuana mixed with fentanyl have been found by its department but it has heard of several other law enforcement agencies who have dealt with the fatal mix.
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