Event at McCracken Co. library teaches community members how to spot newest street drugs

Authorities in Kentucky want to expose dangerous street drugs they say are hiding in plain sight
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 4:27 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 10:14 PM CST
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - Authorities in Kentucky want to expose dangerous street drugs they say are “Hiding in Plain Sight.”

A member of the Kentucky State Police was at the McCracken County Public Library on Thursday evening, January 19 giving a presentation on fentanyl and other opioids.

People in the audience learned about the changes in illicit drugs over the years, including new ways they’re transported without detection and how they’re more potent than ever before, leading to a rise in accidental exposures and overdoses in communities across the nation and in the Heartland.

“Just trying to make people aware of the inherent danger there are. We always knew drugs were dangerous, but the types of drugs and the elicit and the fentanyl and the opioids that are out among us now are on a completely different level and I want to think that we found out today or at least, the audience found out today, is they didn’t even have a clue that they could be exposed to something they never knew of,” Lt. Dean Patterson, with Kentucky State Police, said.

This event comes around the same time federal and state officials in Arizona made a huge fentanyl bust, seizing more than 50 million pills laced with the drug. They say that’s enough to kill every American.