Advocates say legalizing marijuana could prevent opioid overdoses – Journal Times

RACINE — The Racine Police Department is warning the public of an increased presence of fentanyl, a deadly opioid, in locally recovered marijuana, a drug that it is virtually impossible to overdose from.

An alert on the RPD’s Facebook page Friday said: “We the Racine Police Department do not condone the consumption or sales of illegal narcotics. But, if you were to find yourself in possession of such, we want you to be as safe as possible. Currently, the City of Racine is seeing a spike of illegal narcotics laced with fentanyl, including but not limited to, marijuana. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is extremely dangerous. Drug traffickers will often mix fentanyl and weed together, due to it being a cheap way of manufacturing their product. We care about the citizens of Racine, and we don’t want more overdoses. Please make good decisions and be safe!”

Earlier this year, fentanyl test strips became legalized in Wisconsin, allowing drug users to test their product for the presence of fentanyl, which is believed to be at least 50 times more potent and deadlier than morphine.

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