Rusk County sheriff says fentanyl found in area

Contributed PhotoSuspected fentanyl has been found in some of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office seizures, and Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez is alerting residents in the interest of public safety and awareness.

Suspected fentanyl has been found in some of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office seizures, and Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez is alerting residents in the interest of public safety and awareness.

“The following are images of items that have presumptively tested positive for the presence of Fentanyl that have been seized in Rusk County during the course of criminal investigations during the physical year of 2022,” Valdez said in a press release. “These images are to make the public aware that suspected Fentanyl is being possessed, distributed and transported in Rusk County. We are posting these photographs and requesting assistance from the public to aid the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office in keeping our communities, families and children aware of the dangers of Fentanyl.”

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid drug used in the treatment of severe pain. Fentanyl has a high risk for addiction and dependence. Fentanyl depresses the central nervous system and respiratory function.

Exposure to fentanyl may be fatal. Fentanyl can be absorbed into the body via inhalation, oral exposure or ingestion or skin contact. Fentanyl can cause respiratory distress and death when taken in high doses or combined with alcoholic beverages. Fentanyl can also be deadly when combined with illicit drugs, such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Valdez said fentanyl is being distributed in Rusk County in the form of alprazolam (Xanax bars) and oxycodone tablets.

“We urge our parents and educators to be vigilant of the dangers of fentanyl and to immediately report any suspicion of fentanyl or any illicit controlled substance to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 657-3581,” Valdez said.

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