Authorities are issuing a warning over the increasing prevalence of fentanyl in cocaine, a potent painkiller that could make any encounter with the drug fatal.
Officials revealed that scientists at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) detected fentanyl, a synthetic opioid roughly 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, in three cocaine samples for the first time in the state. T.J. Jordan, assistant director at the TBI, said the finding is disturbing due to the popularity of cocaine as a party drug, reports USA Today.
Jordan said the longstanding practice by drug dealers of cutting fentanyl into heroin supplies is now being employed for cocaine. The dealers do this to increase the potency of the cocaine, and to potentially add a more addictive element to keep the user coming back. The relative cheapness of fentanyl also allows the dealers to expand the supply of their narcotics to maximize profits. – READ MORE[contentcards url=”http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/21/fentanyl-laced-cocaine-is-a-looming-disaster-that-changes-the-game/” target=”_blank”]