The Jamestown Police department is investigating the appearance of small blue pills that contain the dangerous synthetic opioid Fentanyl, Lt. Robert Opp, day shift supervisor said on Friday.
The pills were made to resemble the prescription medication Oxycodone, with a stamped “M” on one side and a stamped “30” on the other side. The pills are an illegal narcotic that appears to have been made for illegal sale.
The pills in question were recently seized by law enforcement and testing has identified the substance Fentanyl in the pills, Opp said. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, he said.
Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients from a patch that is applied to the skin, he said. Because of its powerful opioid properties, abusers of Fentanyl add the drug to heroin to increase its potency, or to disguise it as highly potent heroin he said.
Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in deaths, Opp said.
If anyone in the community comes in contact with a substance matching the description or has any information in regards to the substance, please call law enforcement immediately.