COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The Colorado Springs Police Department is alerting the public of a dangerous drug that is being distributed throughout El Paso County.
Police say that Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate painkiller, is being mixed with heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine to increase its potency and drive profits.
Authorities also add that the potency of Fentanyl is 40 to 50 times stronger than street-level heroin. It can be lethal and is deadly even at very low doses.
In 2017, the El Paso County Coroner's Office documented five overdose deaths related directly to Fentanyl. Those numbers have grown.
In 2018, the number rose to nine deaths related directly to Fentanyl.
Between Jan. 1, 2019 and Oct. 31, 2019, there have been 17 documented deaths related directly to Fentanyl.
In 2019, the CSPD Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division seized approximately 35 grams of Fentanyl in various forms. In addition, they seized 3,766 dosage units of Fentanyl, police said.