Over the past several months, officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s J-Team have “reported concerns” over an increase in suspect fentanyl overdoses.
“Fentanyl is increasingly being found in the majority of street drugs, and used to make tablets appear to be prescription drugs,” wrote Shirley Miller, spokesperson for the station, in an official post. “Many overdoses are occurring because people were not aware that what they were consuming was contaminated with fentanyl.”
Fentanyl is an opioid that is up to “100 times more powerful than morphine,” and is toxic at a very low dosage, causing fatal overdoses at the smallest amounts.
“It’s very easily accessible, it’s cheaper than heroin,” said Johnathon Guerino, a counselor at Insight Treatment Center. “It has the same effect as heroin. It’s pretty much laced in everything that’s used today. It really hits the younger population.”