Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco talk about the opiod problem in our region. Heroin, cocaine, marijuana, it’s all laced with something, she says. Liz Dufour
Marijuana from a recent arrest in Cincinnati.(Photo: Liz Dufour)
As the deadly synthetic opiate fentanyl snakes through the drug supply across the nation, rumors of marijuana laced with it are making their way across social media.
On Monday, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, Hamilton County’s coroner, said that marijuana, like any drug, could be a threat.
Here’s what you should know:
Social media posts saying fentanyl is in marijuana have ballooned over the past several weeks.
Nonetheless, no authorities reached by The Enquirer could confirm this is the case.
“In regard to marijuana, I’m not familiar with that,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Melvin Patterson said. He’d heard of no cases of fentanyl in marijuana. “There could be,” he said.
Lt. Tom Fallon, a Hamilton County Heroin Coalition investigator, said he checked with the county’s narcotics officers and found that so far, no fentanyl/marijuana combination has been spotted in street drugs they’ve seized.
Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan, a law enforcement spokesman for the heroin coalition, said he has seen posts on social media about it. He’s had a parent come tell him of a case of marijuana laced with the synthetic opioid fentanyl. But so far, he has had no information confirming these reports.
The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office has not reported any deaths attributed to fentanyl-laced marijuana.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office has had zero such cases of overdose, as of Monday.
None of the suspicion is off the mark,