What is rainbow fentanyl?

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2022 | Drug Charges

The development of new drugs comes as no surprise in our society, no matter how much we try to stop it and prevent these drugs from getting into the hands of our loved ones. Especially when it comes to children, it is terrifying to learn that drug cartels are targeting younger and younger people for profit, specifically the Mexican drug cartels.

What rainbow fentanyl is

The emerging new trend of “rainbow fentanyl,” a widely available colorful drug powder made into pills, is not only highly addictive but lethal in minimal doses. Their colorful presentation attracts children and young people, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is working hard to crack down on drug traffickers and prevent the spread of this substance.

This brightly colored substance comes in different shapes, sizes, and forms. Fentanyl, the drug inside these pills, is a highly addictive opioid, lethal in small doses, making it extremely dangerous and currently considered the deadliest drug in the United States.

DEA efforts to curb the spread of fentanyl

Due to the efforts of the DEA and what that means for the drug cartels, these criminals are mass-producing these pills in different presentations, changing their look to resemble legal drugs like methamphetamine or hydrocodone, which medical professionals in the United States prescribe for a variety of legitimate purposes.

It is vital that people, in particular parents and their children, be aware of this so that they do not take any medications or substances given to them by other people, including friends, because they may be well-intentioned. Still, only a licensed medical practitioner can prescribe a prescription drug to an individual, and these are only for the individual to whom it is for.