News Tech: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — At least two notable seizures of a brightly-colored version of fentanyl this week in the Portland, Oregon, area have prompted the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to warn people to be on the lookout for it.
Rainbow fentanyl has appeared recently in several forms in cities across the country.
Rainbow fentanyl, as it’s known, is a version of the highly-toxic and often fatal synthetic opioid that can look like sidewalk chalk, or candy, officials said in a statement Friday.
Anyone who encounters it or any version of fentanyl is urged to refrain from handling it and call 911 immediately.
Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate there were over 107,000 fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2021, an increase of nearly 15% from the previous year, federal officials said. Synthetic opioids — primarily fentanyl — accounted for more than three quarters of those deaths.