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QPD starting to see more heroin laced with fentanyl

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The fight against drugs in Quincy is taking a deadlier turn. More heroin laced with the drug fentanyl, or with an even stronger drug called carfentanil, is showing up on Quincy streets, according to the Quincy Police Department.

QPD Sergeant James Brown said fentanyl laced with heroin has already killed at least two people in the Tri-States.

Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.

Brown said dealers are lacing heroin with the drugs to make it more potent. He said even the smallest amount of either could be deadly, so officers have to wear protective gear to prevent an accidental overdose.

"If you know 100 percent that you're dealing with pure fentanyl, which can be fatal with just a few say the size of a couple of grains of table salt," Brown said. "That much fentanyl can be fatal. There's been documented incidents where there's officers that have just closed up a bag and a little bit of powder has poofed up in the air and they've immediately overdosed on it."

Brown said fentanyl and carfentanil look like any other powder similar to heroin and cocaine, and there's no way to tell if it's been laced with heroin.

Brown added that they don't even field test the drugs anymore because of how deadly it is.

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