This undated file photo shows fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills collected during an investigation. Credit: Courtesy of the U.S. attorney's office in Utah via AP

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A recent BDN article was headlined: “Doctors dispute police warning that touching fentanyl can be deadly.”

Indeed, anyone who’s life touches fentanyl on the black market may find death. The police aren’t wrong, nor are the doctors. There are different ways to interpret the term “touching.”

Anyone who gets involved with fentanyl is gambling with the probability that their life will be ruined and then they will die. This drug is that powerful.

Fentanyl is showing up in  other counterfeit drugs like valium, Xanax and cocaine. Fentanyl can be found in illegal tobacco products and black-market cannabis. Cannabis or tobacco laced with fentanyl is very dangerous as it reaches a broader marketplace, a larger segment of the population, it may even enter the illegal vaping market, there are so many opportunities for intrusion.

I am compelled to write this warning as the adult child of another friend has lost their life due to using fentanyl without being aware of it.

The 50-year drug war has escalated at warp speed due to the power of fentanyl. The war must come to an end before everyone has a family member as a casualty in the failed American drug war. The American drug war is being used by American adversaries to destroy our country from within, that is apparent.

Doing the same thing over and over with the expectation of a different outcome is the definition of insanity. End the drug war for the good of the country and its people. War is not the answer.

Patrick Quinn