Humboldt County has found illegal distribution of fentanyl, substantial possession and overdose, as well as alarming drug overdose deaths.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and Schedule II drug that is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.Fentanyl is often added to heroin and other drugs to increase potency and may result in drug exposure. Accidentally overdose
As of April 14, 2021, the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office confirmed eight fentanyl overdose deaths in the county, six of them in March alone. An investigation of multiple overdose deaths is still pending to receive toxicological reports, with an expected increase in fentanyl cases.
In addition, in 2021, Humboldt County drug agency agents seized 187 grams of Fentanyl and approximately 5,002 Fentanyl tablets in a comparison of just 3 grams of Fentanyl seizure agents in 2020 and Fentanyl 3 patches in 2019.
“What we are seeing today is a product that contains higher amounts of fentanyl, especially in pill form,” said Lieutenant General Shawn Sopoeka, commander of the Humboldt Kau Drug Administration. “Fentanyl is being shipped to Humboldt County in raw form and used as a cutting agent to produce more products.”
According to the Office of Enforcement, the lethal dose of fentanyl contains two milligrams the size of a few tablets of salt. The DEA’s Fentanyl signature profiling program found that 26 percent of the illegal fentanyl drugs examined in 2019 contained potentially fatal amounts of fentanyl. Counterfeit drugs can be difficult to differentiate from legal drugs and are often marketed as M30s, Perc30s, Blues or Mexican Oxy.
Fentanyl can also be absorbed through the skin, and accidental inhalation of the powder in the air may occur. Due to the increasing threat of Fentanyl exposure, Humboldt County Sheriff officials have been installing Narcan, a nasal spray designed to rapidly reduce opioid overdoses in California residents can afford. NARCAN® Nasal Spray can be obtained without a prescription, directly from pharmacists and people struggling with local addictions.It is recommended to carry Narcan in an emergency with an overdose.
“One of my biggest concerns is that our teenagers and young people are taking drugs from these fentanyl-laced dealers. The likelihood of an overdose is high, ”said William Honsal, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.“ We are working with state and federal law enforcement partners to give those individuals the responsibility that drives the Fen. Tanil in our community ”
Anyone with information about drug-related crimes can contact the Humboldt County Narcotics Authority at 707-267-9976 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Crime Tips Hotline at (707) 268-2539.