Police in Perry County, Tennessee, warned the public about a new public safety concern — fentanyl folded up in dollar bills.

Don’t pick up the money: The Perry County Sheriff’s Office made an announcement on Facebook, telling about two incidents.

  • “On both occasions, a folded dollar bill was found in the floor at a local gas station. When it was found and picked up, the person discovered a white powdery substance inside,” the post read.
  • “The substance was later tested and was positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl. This is very dangerous folks! Please share and educate your children not to pick up the money.”
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Planned action: Sheriff Nick Weems said he plans to push for legislation that would increase the punishment for the individual caught using money to transport drugs.

  • “It enrages me as a father and the sheriff, that people can act so carelessly and have no regard for others well-being, especially a child,” the sheriff said on Facebook.
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The dangers of fentanyl: According to Fox News, the sheriff’s office stated that the amount of fentanyl found in that bill is “more than enough” to kill whoever it comes into contact with.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
  • More than 150 people die each day from overdoses connected to synthetic opioids like fentanyl, according to the CDC.
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