Officers in Colorado seize significant amount of drug 100 times more potent than morphine

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DENVER (KKTV) - Police in Denver announced this week they came across the illegal drug fentanyl for the first time ever in brick form.

The drug is reportedly 100 times more potent than morphine, according to a joint release by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment and Denver Police. Overdoses caused by fentanyl can happen fast and are hard to stop. Even touching or breathing in the drug can be harmful. It comes in many forms including pills, capsules, rock and pure powders. It cannot be seen, tasted or smelled when mixed with other drugs.

Authorities discovered the drug in a recent undercover investigation. Originally, they thought it was a significant amount of black tar heroin in a brick-like form. When they discovered it was fentanyl, police and the health department issued a public warning.

Click here for more information on opioid overdose prevention from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.