Hayward Police Warns of Fentanyl Appearing to be ‘Chewed Gum’ – CBS San Francisco

HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Hayward Police warned residents on Thursday that officers had recently discovered a deadly form of synthetic opioid Fentanyl that resembles bubble gum.

The police department took to social media to share about the recently discovered form of the drug that has devastated communities across the country.

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On the department’s Facebook, “Some of our patrol officers recently discovered and seized fentanyl, which they describe as looking like ‘chewed gum’.

Department spokesperson Officer Cassandra Fovel told KPIX 5 that they suspect the colors are not random.

“Yellow is one of them, blue is another,” Fovel said. “Each of the colors symbolizes a different level of power.”

A new form of Fentanyl (Hayward Police)

According to Hayward Police, Fentanyl is “fatal, ever-changing, and easily concealed,” and is also responsible for causing overdose deaths. USA reached record level last year. The man-made opioid is reportedly up to 40 times more toxic than heroin and up to 100 times more toxic than morphine, and is often used to stave off other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine.

“I still meet people every week who don’t know that fentanyl can kill and it’s in the United States,” Greenbrae mom Michelle Leopold told KPIX 5. “Right now there is enough fentanyl in the US to kill every single person. ”

Two years ago, Leopold lost one of his two sons to a fentanyl overdose. The same drug that killed the Concord High freshman in August.

“In Valentina, in Concord’s case, it was half a pill. It wasn’t even a whole pill,” Leopold says of Valentina Langhammer’s death.

Now, she is constantly working to raise awareness about the drug emerging in other drugs and sometimes in new forms.

“The most dangerous words a parent can say are ‘not my child,'” Leopold said. “Because anyone can have a child.”

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“Please pass this information on to your family and friends. “We want the community to be more informed and to recognize and report such substances, especially those who know someone with a substance abuse problem,” Hayward Police said.

“We want the community to be safe and aware that if they see such items in public, they will stay away,” Fovel said.

Wilson Walker contributed to this report.

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