APD warns of the risks of fentanyl in illicit drugs | KAMR

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Police in Amarillo are warning the public of the risks of illegal drug use after seizing $1.5 million worth of fentanyl pills.

APD Sgt. Carla Burr has expressed concern about drug overdoses and deaths, especially if there is fentanyl in any of the drugs people buy on the street or take without a prescription.

sergeant. Burr said some drug makers put fentanyl in pills that look like candy or disguise them as prescription drugs.

“We have to think about these drugs because they are dangerous and it could be the very first time you take them, it could be the last time you take them. It could kill you,” Burr said.

Burr said parents need to talk with their children about the dangers of fentanyl and know what happens when they’re with friends or at parties.

“Be open and honest about it and tell them, ‘Listen, I love you, you’re my child. And I don’t want anything bad to happen to you. If you go to a party and you see this, yeah, I’m going to be mad that it happens. But I prefer to pick you up. Let’s find a safe word,” she said. “Let’s protect our kids, let them know that the worst thing they can do is let peer pressure keep them in this situation and make them try something they don’t know.”

sergeant. Burr said everyone, including children, needs to know what fentanyl looks like because in some cases just touching it can be fatal.

“If you see something, say something. If you’re a young person and you go to parties, and this happens, I understand if you don’t feel comfortable calling and reporting it to the police or Crimestoppers or whatever, but call your parents and have them come get you and get you out of there. Because it’s so dangerous.”

Burr acknowledged that many people become addicted to opioids or turn to drugs due to mental health issues. Between COVID, inflation and other stressors, she said we’re probably facing a mental health crisis, but drugs aren’t the answer.

“There are reasons why people might want to use medication, but there are resources, there are even free resources so you can get help and do it right,” Burr added. “And don’t put yourself in a dangerous, life-threatening situation by using something you get on the street or from someone you don’t know that might contain deadly drugs.”

She said APD officers and Amarillo Medical Response personnel were carrying Narcan, a nasal spray that can be used to treat opioid overdoses.

It can also be purchased over the counter at many Texas pharmacies.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or opioid addiction, click here for help or call the Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662 -HELP (4357).

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