Rainbow Fentanyl Warning
The California Department of Public Health is warning the public to be aware of the rise in the prevalence of new forms of fentanyl. According to the CDPH, brightly-colored fentanyl (referred to as rainbow fentanyl) has been identified as a new trend by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency.
The picture here is what rainbow fentanyl looks like. It can be found in many forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that can resemble sidewalk chalk or candy. Any pill (regardless of its color, shape, or size) that does not come from a health care provider or pharmacist can contain fentanyl and can be deadly. Please be vigilant and if your child is old enough, have conversations to educate them about it.
Fentanyl is 80-100 times more potent than morphine and 40-50 times more potent than heroin and, as a result, is a major cause of overdose for individuals. Officials say people purchasing these pills are likely unaware that it contains fentanyl.
Things you can do to keep yourself and others around you safe:
1) If you find any pill(s) at your property and are unsure about the identity, do not touch it without proper protective gear including a mask and gloves. Once removed you can properly dispose of it at the Manhattan Beach Police Department's unwanted medication/pills drop-off center located in their lobby. You can always call MBPD’s non-emergency tip line if you have any questions at 310-802-5140.
2) Speak with your student about this information so they know the risks of buying or sharing prescription medication and that these pills exist. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has provided the following resources for parents and families on how to speak with their children about drugs. Read here and here.
3) Call local law enforcement if you or your student have seen these pills outside of your home.
4) Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is used for overdose rescue. Healthcare providers may prescribe this to patients who are at an increased risk of opioid overdose and other risk factors. Pharmacies in CA may now provide Narcan without a prescription, but availability is limited to particular locations. You can find a list of participating pharmacies here.
5) Contact the Substance Abuse Service Helpline (844-804-7500) to get help for a friend or loved one struggling with substance abuse.
You can find more information here:
CDPH - What is fentanyl?
United States Drug Enforcement Administration - One Pill Can Kill