July 25, 2022 – He said this may sound harsh but “it is such a volatile and lethal drug, those who inject or inhale fentanyl run the risk of immediate death.”

“It’s very lethal, this is not about drug addiction, this is about killing somebody, no different than pulling out a gun and shooting somebody,” he said.

Susan Gibson, the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency in New Jersey, has warned Garden State residents that as little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl mixed into a drug can literally kill you in seconds.

She said the DEA has now started investigating drug overdose deaths, and if they were caused by ingesting fentanyl, the case will be treated not as accidental but as a homicide.

“Those who push fentanyl on the street, it’s almost like a license to literally kill,” Sarlo said.

He said the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office recently arrested a man who was in possession of 15 pounds of fentanyl, enough to produce an estimated 3.5 million deadly doses.

More than 3,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2021 in New Jersey, according to the State Medical Examiner, and law enforcement officials have warned the total could climb even higher this year.


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