On March 14, 2017, an eye dropper was seized from Michael Kotaska. The contents of the liquid inside of this eye dropper presumptively tested positive for Furanyl Fentanyl. Michael Kotaska was arrested for the possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance in Grand Forks County. Similar instances have been documented in the Fargo metro area in the recent past.
The public needs to be aware that individuals involved in drug use will conceal the substance in many fashions, such as an eye dropper. Furanyl Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous substance to individuals using the substance and others who may come into contact with substance. Fentanyl has been a growing problem around the country to include Grand Forks and the surrounding areas.
Parents need to make sure to pay attention to their children and what they have in their possession. Kids alike will also attempt to conceal these substances from parents and teachers. Fentanyl can be dissolved in any liquid. It takes a very small amount of this substance to cause the user to stop breathing and cause a medical emergency.
Grand Forks Police have found that it is becoming very common for substances like Heroin, Xanax, Oxycodone, Percocet, etc., to be “cut” or mixed with some form of Fentanyl. This causes great concern because the user has no idea what is in the pill or powder until it is too late, due to the high probability of an overdose with Fentanyl.
Opioid abuse is extremely high in the Grand Forks area and law enforcement is asking for the help of the community to help battle this problem