A shocking public service announcement warns everyone not to pick up bent cash you might find on the floor in public places such as gas stations.
Paper bills could be deadly envelopes containing deadly fentanyl, which can kill with a single dose.
The Perry County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee recently discovered two cases of folded paper bills at gas stations. Inside was a white, powdery substance that tested positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Posting a photo online, the sheriff said, “It’s very dangerous, folks! Thank you for sharing and educating your children not to collect the money.
“I personally plan to push for legislation for a bill that would escalate the penalty, if anyone is caught using cash as a carrier bag for such poison.”
They added: ‘It infuriates me as a father and as a sheriff that people can act so carelessly and have no regard for the welfare of others, especially a child. I hope we find those responsible.
The life-threatening finding is another symptom of America’s increasing fentanyl flooding from its southern border in what some analysts are calling an “undeclared war” by China on the United States.
The chemical ingredients shipped overseas to Mexico are then turned into fentanyl and smuggled into the country by drug cartels.
Recent months have seen unprecedented volumes of fentanyl seizures. In July, DEA agents seized approximately 1 million fake fentanyl-containing pills in Los Angeles, the largest drug bust ever in California history.
Deaths from opioids are also reaching new heights. The CDC announced in November that the number of overdose deaths last year exceeded 100,000 for the first time. In 2020, the annual number of fentanyl deaths soared to 150 deaths per day in America. Fentanyl has become the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18 to 45.
Marking a ‘new paradigm’ in the opioid crisis in the United States, fentanyl stands out from more ‘traditional’ street drugs – such as crack, heroin, cocaine and marijuana – because it is capable of killing in a single dose. And unlike regular street drugs, fentanyl often comes in pill form, fraudulently posing as regular-looking over-the-counter drugs.
Michael Gray of the Actus Foundation, whose daughter died of fentanyl, told The Epoch Times that drug traffickers intentionally bringing lethal doses onto the streets with the intent to kill, because such deaths, when reported, serve as publicity; lethal doses appeal to experienced users. While non-users can die from such doses, long-time addicts, who have developed a tolerance, seek them out.
The recent public service announcement in Tennessee demonstrates that the crisis is spreading across the border and across the country, while shockingly indicating just how willing dealers are to go pump these drugs in traffic.
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