Trovata la polizia 100 bags of fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that’s up to 100 times stronger than morphine — in a Connecticut teen’s bedroom after è morto su gennaio. 15 from a drug overdose as authorities warn about the opioid’s effects.
The discovery was made by the Hartford Police Department, who had executed a search warrant at the home of the 13-year-old boy, che non è stato pubblicamente identificato, secondo Notizie CBS.
Authorities also collected 40 bags of the opioid at the Sports and Medical Science Academy in Hartford, Connecticut where the seventh-grade student collapsed in the school gymnasium.
“This fentanyl was packaged in the same manner as the bags located at the school, had the same identifying stamp and tested at an even higher purity level,” Hartford police said in statement, ottenuto da Posta di New York. “We can confidently say that the fentanyl that caused the overdose was the same fentanyl that was located in the juvenile’s bedroom.”
The Drug Enforcement Agency determined that the bags had an extremely high purity level at 58 a 60%. According to Hartford police sergeant Chris Mastroianni, a bag of fentanil normally tests around 2% pure per bag.
“The powder substance that was inside that bag, 58% of that was fentanyl as opposed to on average 2%,” disse NBC Connecticut. “So that becomes you know, molto, very dangerous product, very deadly product, especially for a child weighing, sai, most kids at that age under 100 libbre. Very dangerous.”
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Gli Stati Uniti. Drug Enforcement Administration says a fatal dose of fentanyl is small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil. It is now the leading cause of overdose deaths, along with other synthetic opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Two classmates were also hospitalized after being sickened by exposure to the drug.
Police believe the teen was one to bring the opioids to the school. Un “individual who has history at the residence” and narcotics history is a person of interest in the case, secondo ABC News.
The teen’s mother has fully cooperative with the investigation and police believe she had no prior knowledge of her child’s possession of fentanyl, USA Today rapporti.
Mastroianni has begun giving presentations to parents and teachers about the drug in light of the tragedy.
He told the NBC affiliate that fentanyl — a Schedule II prescription drug used to treat patients suffering from severe pain after surgery — is often packaged in very small bags, similar to the size of a gum wrapper, making it difficult for people to find. It costs $2 a $3 per bag, but most are sold in bundles of 10.
“It’s very small, it’s very easily concealed. And then it could be right in front of you and you won’t even know it,” said Mastroianni, who has been showing pictures of the products during the presentations.