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Tennessee sheriff warns locals not to pick up folded dollar bills due as they could contain fentanyl

Tennessee law enforcement officers are warning local residents not to pick up folded dollar bills, as they may contain fentanyl or meth, for fear that children could find them on the floor.

The Perry County Sherriff’s Office, located between Memphis and Nashville, expressed concern on social media, saying that two reported incidents involved finding “a white powdery substance” in folded dollar bells stuck on the floor of a local gas station. found.

The substance was sent to a lab for testing, which concluded that traces of methamphetamine and fentanyl had been found on the bills, according to the sheriff’s statement on Facebook.

‘This is very dangerous, folks! Please share this and teach your kids not to pick up the money,” Sheriff Nick Weems shared on social media.

“Personally, I intend to push for legislation for a bill that would increase the penalty if someone is caught using money as a carrier for such poisons. It infuriates me as a father and the sheriff that people can act so carelessly and have no regard for the welfare of others, especially a child,” he added.

The Perry County Sherriff's Office warned locals not to touch folded dollar bills lying on the floor after two reported incidents of fentanyl in the printed currency

The Perry County Sherriff’s Office warned locals not to touch folded dollar bills lying on the floor after two reported incidents of fentanyl in the printed currency

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“I personally intend to push for legislation for a bill that would sharpen the sentence if someone is caught using money as a carrying case for such poison,” said Sheriff Nick Weems (left) of the Perry Sheriff’s Office. County. “It infuriates me as a father and the sheriff that people can act so carelessly and have no regard for the welfare of others, especially a child”

Weems went on to say that he “hopes we find those responsible,” even though no arrests were made in connection with either incident on Tuesday afternoon.

The Giles County Sheriff’s Office also shared a poster warning its own residents about the two Perry County incidents.

“This is a very dangerous matter!” to read the poster. “Please share and teach your children not to pick up folded money that they may find in or around company plazas, etc., without exercising great caution and even warning a parent or guardian.”

The Giles County Sheriff's Department shared a similar warning, telling residents to

The Giles County Sheriff’s Department shared a similar warning, telling residents to “please share and educate your children not to pick up folded money that they may find in or around businesses, playgrounds, etc., without exercising great caution.” and even warn a parent’

“The amount of powder shown next to the penny (if fentanyl laced) is more than enough to kill anyone it comes in contact with. Be aware and safe!’ it added.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), fentanyl is “a synthetic opioid 50-100 times stronger than morphine.” The narcotic is also up to 50 times stronger than heroin, the agency further reported.

It is often mixed with other drugs, usually cocaine.

Last year, more than 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, a new tragic record in the country’s escalating drug overdose epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in May.

The preliminary total for 2021 translates to about one U.S. overdose death every five minutes. It marked a 15 percent increase from the previous year’s record. The CDC reviews death certificates and then makes an estimate to account for delayed and incomplete reporting.

Fentanyl is 50-100 times stronger than morphine and also up to 50 times stronger than heroin

Fentanyl is 50-100 times stronger than morphine and also up to 50 times stronger than heroin

dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, called the latest figures “truly staggering.”

The White House released a statement last month calling the accelerating rate of overdose deaths “unacceptable” and promoting its recently announced national drug control strategy. It calls for measures such as connecting more people to treatment, disrupting the drug trade and expanding access to the overdose-reversing medication naloxone.

Overdose deaths in the US have been rising in most years for more than two decades. The surge began in the 1990s with opioid painkiller overdoses, followed by waves of deaths led by other opioids such as heroin and — most recently — illicit fentanyl.

Last year there were more than 71,000 overdoses of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, a 23 percent increase from the previous year. There was also a 23 percent increase in deaths involving cocaine and a 34 percent increase in deaths involving meth and other stimulants.

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