A colorful form of fentanyl law enforcement officials fear could appeal to children has been found in Centralia, according to a Tuesday news release by the Centralia Police Department.
At about 5:20 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, officers responded to a suspicious vehicle parked at a business in the 800 block of Harrison Avenue.
“During their investigation, officers located a subject in possession of ‘rainbow fentanyl,’” according to the news release. “Over the last few years, the use of fentanyl in both pill and powder forms has had a deadly impact in our area. The fentanyl pill known as rainbow fentanyl poses a new and different threat, it appears to look like a multi-colored candy that would appeal to most kids. This highly addictive and potentially deadly form of fentanyl that looks like candy has now been found in our community.”
The Centralia Police Department stated it is important to spread awareness about “the dangers of this drug trend that appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.”
According to Centralia police, just 2 milligrams of fentanyl, a small amount that fits on the tip of a pencil, is considered a potentially deadly dose.
Anyone with possible information about the illegal use of fentanyl in Centralia is encouraged to call the Centralia Police Department at 360-330-7680 or Lewis County 911 Communications at 360-740-1105.
The Centralia Police Department provided the following guidance:
What you need to know:
What you should do:
If you believe you have been exposed to a substance that could be fentanyl: