'Rainbow fentanyl' warning: DEA says drug used to target young children

Colorful tablets being distributed by drug traffickers might look like candy, but they’re actually known as “rainbow fentanyl.” 

The rainbow colors could lead children to mistake them for candy and make them more appealing to young people.  

It’s a potentially deadly drug being marketed to teens and kids. 

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.  

Just two milligrams of fentanyl, which is equal to 10-15 grains of table salt, is considered a lethal dose. 

Brightly-colored fentanyl is being seized in multiple forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk.  

According to the CDC, 107,622 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2021, with 66 percent of those deaths related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl. 

The DEA has seized rainbow-colored fentanyl pills in at least 18 states.  

If you encounter fentanyl in any form, do not handle it and call 911 immediately.