In 2021, the Chatham-Savannah Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNT) seized nearly 20 kilograms of fentanyl, a drug so deadly that a lethal dose ranges from just 2 to 5 milligrams.
Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and is often mixed with heroin, as well as painkillers and has become a popular ingredient with illicit pill manufacturers.
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“We absolutely make fentanyl a priority when it comes to our law enforcement operations. We get wind of everything fentanyl and the troops are on the doorstep trying to track it down,” CNT Director Michael Sarhatt told the Chatham County Commission last month.
As overdoses involving the inexpensive, synthetic opioid become more common throughout the county, CNT is rolling out a series of educational outreach programs for the public.
The first event will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Islands High School. Information on future events will be announced later.
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“This will be the first of several that we will be running across the county. We’re going to start on the east side and we’re going to move west. We’re going to spread that word and try to educate and make everyone aware of what this issue is,” Sarhatt said at a recent press conference announcing the program.
The program will educate on the difference between fentanyl and other drugs, addiction and the dangers of opioids. A panel of local law enforcement officials will also be available to answer questions.
Thursday’s event is open to the public, and Sarhatt stressed the importance of educating parents about the dangers of fentanyl.
“I think there’s a lot of people out there, a lot of parents out there who don’t understand it…So it’s up to us, it’s our responsibility to educate and make them aware of the situation,” he said.
If you are going to
What: Fentanyl Dangers Awareness Education Program
When: Thursday, March 24 at 6 p.m.
Where: Islands High School, 170 Whitemarsh Island Rd.
Katie Nussbaum is the city and county government reporter for the Savannah Morning News. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: KnussSMN