Colorful versions of fentanyl ("multi-colored" or "rainbow" fentanyl) have recently appeared in the illicit drug market. Law enforcement agencies, including the United States Drug Enforcement Administration Administration (DEA), have issued alerts after recent suspected overdoses and deaths involving fentanyl in children in Hays County, Texas.
The DEA has seized rainbow-colored fentanyl pills in at least 18 states. According to the DEA, the rainbow colors could lead children to mistake them for candy and make them more appealing to young people. It takes much less for someone, including children, to overdose or die. Even a tiny amount (around two milligrams) of fentanyl can kill.
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