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In March 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a nationwide alert on fentanyl as a threat to health and public safety. Fentanyl is a dangerous, powerful Schedule II narcotic responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths within the United States.
During the last three years, the distribution of clandestinely manufactured fentanyl has been linked to an unprecedented outbreak of thousands of overdoses and deaths. The overdoses are occurring at an alarming rate. Fentanyl, up to 50 times more potent than heroin, is extremely dangerous to law enforcement and anyone else who may come into contact with it. As a result, it represents an unusual hazard for law enforcement.
On June 6, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced the release of a newly designed fentanyl information package for law enforcement and first responders. Included in that package is an updated roll call video that shows the dangers of coming into contact with even the slightest amount of fentanyl.
To access the newly released briefing guide, visit: Fentanyl: A Briefing Guide for First Responders
For more information on fentanyl-related dangers, visit: www.dea.gov.
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