Police warn of illegally-purchased fentanyl-laced marijuanaPosted by On

As New York state continues to iron out the details of its new legalized marijuana laws, authorities have some urgent warnings for those who continue to use illegal cannabis.

“It’s just scary how it’s being handled right now,” said Sgt. Phil Genier of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. “But it’s something we’ve got to cope with and educate with because it’s not going away.”

What You Need To Know

  • Law enforcement officials are issuing warnings as to the dangers of marijuana laced with fentanyl
  • Police say they have found synthetic marijuana laced with fentanyl
  • Some marijuana users are using test strips and kits to check for fentanyl before ingesting or inhaling their cannabis

Opioid overdoses are on the rise in New York, according to the state Department of Health. The New York State Department of Health continues to issue warnings, saying in a statement earlier this year, “Fentanyl has made street drugs far more dangerous. Even casual or occasional drug use can result in an overdose or death. We all need to be able to recognize an overdose and have access to naloxone, the medication which reverses opioid overdoses and saves lives.”

Officials are also issuing warnings as to the dangers of marijuana laced with fentanyl.

“I’ve known it to be on the synthetic, I have not known it to be on the marijuana in our specific area. But that really means nothing when they’re being packaged by, in some references, just criminals,” Genier said of…

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