North Idaho seeing rise in teen overdoses linked to fentanyl, authorities say
COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — Coeur d’Alene Police and Idaho State Police are reporting a rise in teenage overdoses in North Idaho, which they attribute to counterfeit prescription narcotic pills.
Authorities say roughly one in six of these pills contains a lethal dose of fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic that CDA Police have connected to three deaths in North Idaho since the fall of 2020.
Police are investigating the source of the counterfeit pills, but in the meantime encourage parents to talk to their kids about these narcotics and make sure they steer clear of them.
“These kids are playing Russian Roulette when they try these pills and don’t even know they are holding a loaded gun,” a parent connected to an overdose case was quoted.
Anyone with information on the pills or their source is urged to call the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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