KANKAKEE – The Kankakee Health Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for a colorful new fentanyl that looks like Candy making its way across the US.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the pill has already been found in 18 states and has been dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” used to lure children and young people to the drug. Most recently the drug was discovered in St. Louis, MO.
“Rainbow fentanyl -fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults; said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “The men and women of the DEA are relentlessly working to stop the trafficking of rainbow fentanyl and defeat the Mexican drug cartels that are responsible.”
The rainbow form has been found in multiple forms including pills, powder, and even blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk.
The CDC reported over 107,000 citizens died of drug overdose last year alone.
Free Narcan kits and Fentany1 Test Strips are now available from the Kankakee County Health Department.