CO: Lethal drug being sold in Gunnison

Gunnison Country Times –

Gunnison, Colorado – Local law enforcement warn that pills resembling oxycodone — similar to what is pictured — are circulating Gunnison containing highly lethal fentanyl.

The Gunnison Police Department has launched an investigation into the circulation of highly lethal fentanyl pills being sold as oxycodone by third party individuals.

According to police captain Chris Wilson, the 30 milligram (mg) fentanyl pills are identical to the round, light blue colored oxycodone pills with an uppercase “M” stamped on the back.

“It’s definitely not being made by an amateur,” Wilson said.

Wilson added that they currently have leads in the case.

The Gunnison Police Department was made aware of the circulation at the beginning of March. Due to the ongoing investigation, Wilson was not able to specify the details that led to their discovery, however, explained that an “incident transpired and we became involved after it became a medical issue.”

The official announcement to the community was made on March 5 on the Gunnison Police Department social media page.

Wilson emphasized the lethal nature of fentanyl — 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — and discouraged individuals from purchasing or receiving a drug by a third party source. He said prescription opioids are safest when prescribed by a doctor through a pharmacist.

Oxycodone and some fentanyl are prescription opioid drugs, used most commonly in the medical field to relieve pain. Although according to NIDA, the medicines can be prescribed for problems such as cough or diarrhea.

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