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New 'rainbow fentanyl' targets teens

It looks like candy and has been nicknamed ‘rainbow fentanyl’ by the media, but it’s just as deadly as fentanyl in any other form. The DEA has warned that ‘rainbow fentanyl’ is an attempt by cartels to target young people with the deadliest drug available.

‘Rainbow fentanyl’ has been seized in 18 states and as close by as Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It comes in several colorful forms including pills known as “Skittles”, powder, and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk. Since the drug looks more appealing and candy-like than the more typical blue pills, and has begun circulating in the Pacific Northwest, law enforcement in Seattle, Spokane, and Coeur d’Alene have urged parents to make sure teens and young adults can recognize the drug and understand that one dose of fentanyl—no matter the color—can be lethal.