The Shelton Police Department is warning of Heroin laced with Fentanyl after finding some during an arrest. The department said in a press release that officers recently arrested a subject for possession of Heroin. The Heroin was sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab for testing, which is a standard procedure after an arrest. The WSP lab notified Shelton Police that the item sent to their lab was indeed Heroin, but also laced with Fentanyl.
Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin, making it a very powerful drug. Opioid receptors are found in the areas of the brain that control breathing rate. Opioids, especially one as potent as fentanyl, can cause breathing to stop completely, leading to death.
Shelton Police Officers carry NARCAN in their patrol cars, and are readily available to respond to any overdose emergency. Time is of the essence if you believe someone is overdosing on a narcotic; dialing 911 immediately.
Substance Abuse Treatment Resources can be located through the Mason County Department of Health, 360-427-9670 ext. 400.