Grand Forks drug bust puts police, public on edge
FARGO — A dangerous drug found in an unlikely source has put regional law enforcement on alert, and police are warning the public to stay vigilant.
The message is coming from Grand Forks, where 57-year-old Michael Kotaska was recently arrested.
Police say they took an eye-dropper from him that tested positive for furanyl fentanyl.
It's a substance commonly abused by opiate addicts.
The Grand Forks Police Department says there have been similar cases in Fargo. That's why they're asking the public, and especially parents, to keep an eye out for people hiding the drug.
Police say the drug:
-- Dissolves into liquids, and can also be mixed into other substances.
-- Is commonly laced with other drugs; specifically heroin, Xanax, Oxycodone and Percocet.
-- Is deadly on its own.
-- Is 100 times more powerful than heroin, and a two-to-three-milligram dose can kill an adult.
Opioid abuse is already at epidemic levels in our community.
Paramedics with F-M Ambulance had to use the overdose reversal drug Narcan 99 times last year.
That doesn't include the 19 people who died in Cass County or the seven who died in Clay County.