Marijuana laced with fentanyl: Police warn of another potentially deadly drug mixture

CLEVELAND - Law enforcement agencies across Northeast Ohio have been warned of another potentially deadly drug mixture. This time, it's fentanyl-laced marijuana. 

"We've encountered a couple of false alarms," said Dave Frisone, Director of Lake County Narcotics Agency. "But we are aware that there is a potential."

So far, there have been no reports of the dangerous mixture in our area. But, Sgt. Patrick Greenhill with the Berea Police Department's Safe Passages Program, said he wants people to know about the potential for the dangerous mixture before it is too late.

"Someone thinks by using marijuana it's a recreational drug, they have no idea it could be laced with fentanyl and kill them after the very first time they tried it," said Greenhill.

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Last year, in Cuyahoga County, 666 people died from overdoses of heroin, fentanyl or a combination of both.

In November  2016, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued a media release warning the public to beware of the mixture. The release said in part, "Police say the have reason to believe the powerful opioid, which has been linked to over 500 deaths in BC so far this year, may have been added to some marijuana currently available in the Haida Gwaii village."

Although News 5 did not find any incidents of the mixture being used in our area, police said the warning was necessary to alert people, especially parents, to the potential risk. 

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