Authorities warn of new ‘rainbow fentanyl’ after thousands of pills were seized

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. (CBS LA) -The Pasadena Police Department seized more than 300,000 fentanyl-laced pills in a recent drug bust.

Although these extremely dangerous pills are no longer available on the streets, authorities and parents are extremely concerned.

The deadly pills Pasadena PD discovered were disguised as candy, making it clear to authorities that the vendors were targeting young people.

With Halloween just around the corner, authorities are urging parents to talk to their kids about the growing problem.

“When you see pills or narcotics designed to look like candy, it’s a problem for any parent,” Pasadena PD Commandant Bill Grisafe told CBSLA reporter Joy Benedict. “Last year we seized just over 100,000 fentanyl pills. This year we already have over 700,000 fentanyl pills. It is this deception that affects young people.”

More than 107,000 people died from drug overdoses in America in 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 66 percent of these deaths were caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

The Drug Enforcement Agency wants parents and children to be vigilant as investigators have suggested drug cartels are using the LA area as a distribution center. All medications look like they require a prescription, but ultimately they are not.

“These pills do not contain any pharmaceutical ingredient. These pills, these are pills made in a secret lab in Mexico,” said Bill Bodner, DEA Los Angels agent. “The active ingredient is fentanyl and it doesn’t take a lot of fentanyl to kill.”

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