Fentanyl Crisis and Public Health NR22382ti

December 19, 2022

The Los Angeles Police Department has had hundreds of contacts with individuals who have overdosed on fentanyl and have contact protocols in place that align with the recommendations of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

When interacting with even small amounts of the illicit drug it can be lethal as there are no manufacturing standards leaving the potency unknown. Additionally, it is common to find fentanyl powder in other drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin without user knowing.

If you believe you have come across fentanyl do not touch it and leave the area. Since fentanyl outside of a medical setting can have a wide range of potency it should never be trusted as safe to handle, breathe or ingest.

Call 911 to report a medical emergency related to fentanyl.

If anyone has any information on any fentanyl related crimes, during non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.