State Leaders Call for Increased Awareness about Fentanyl

Four Tennessee state agencies are warning people about the dangers surrounding drugs such as Fentanyl and carfentanil, both of which are being used to produce counterfeit versions of medications such as Percocet, Xanax, Oxycodone, as well heroin. 

The Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security shared a message Thursday about the danger of Fentanyl and carfentanil being used to to make counterfeit drugs saying the criminals making these counterfeit medications have little concern for safety. Officials said the counterfeiters do not pay attention to the quantity or levels of Fentanyl and carfentanil being used in their illegal operations, leading to some batches of the drugs being more potent, so potent that one pill can be deadly. 

Read more about the warning here

Click here to view a Public Health and Safety Advisory on Fentanyl issued in April. 

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has produced a guide for first responders who come into contact with Fentanyl. Click here to read the briefing guide.