If you see a folded dollar bill in the parking lot don’t be too fast to pick it up, says one sheriff in Tennessee.
The Giles County Sheriff’s office reported that officers found folded dollar bills with white powder inside them at two different gas stations.
After testing the white powder the sheriff’s office concluded that fentanyl was inside the folded dollar bills.
Last year a Sheriff’s deputy in San Diego almost overdosed after handling fentanyl with his bare hands.
The Perry County Sheriff's Office said there were 2 incidents where a person found "a white powdery substance" inside folded bills left on the floor of a local gas station.
The powder was tested and came back positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl. https://t.co/itcBpUUizR
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 14, 2022
The Tennessee sheriff's office said on two occasions a folded dollar bill was found on the ground at a local gas station.
"When it was found and picked up, the person discovered a white powdery substance inside."https://t.co/Bfe2K7QWPO
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 14, 2022
USA Today dropped these details:
A Tennessee sheriff’s office is warning the public to not pick up folded dollar bills because it could contain a deadly substance: fentanyl.
In a Facebook post, the Giles County Sheriff’s Office said on two occasions a folded dollar bill was found on the ground at a local gas station.
“When it was found and picked up, the person discovered a white powdery substance inside,” the post said.
The substance was tested and was positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, “Skin exposure is not expected to lead to toxicity due to its extremely poor penetration of the skin barrier, and symptoms of intoxication from skin exposure are unlikely.”
— The Hill (@thehill) June 15, 2022
The Hill got the scoop too:
Authorities in Tennessee are warning locals after two $1 bills laced with fentanyl were found at gas stations.
In two separate incidents, a person found a folded dollar bill on the floor of a gas station, discovering a powdery substance inside. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl, Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems posted on Facebook on June 8.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pharmaceutical fentanyl is used to treat severe pain, but illicitly manufactured fentanyl can be deadly even in small doses.
The sheriff’s office in Giles County, Tenn., shared the warning about folded bills last week, saying that even a small amount of fentanyl-laced powder “is more than enough to kill anyone that comes into contact” with the material.
Here’s a video of a deputy almost dying after handling fentanyl: