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Local law enforcement are working daily to combat drug concerns on the streets as upticks in cases are reported, says McDonough County Sheriff Nick Petitgout:
“We still deal with methamphetamine daily and one of the things we have been noticing is the uptick in fentanyl. Fentanyl is being abused in Illinois quite frequently and a lot of the drugs now are laced with fentanyl. It is a synthetic drug. A lot of it is made in China and then shipped and moved over the border into the United States.”
Sheriff Petitgout informs that when encountering an individual his team takes extreme precautions as fentanyl is very dangerous and deadly, even just being airborne or absorbed through the skin.
**Written by WMOI/WRAM Director of Communications Kelsey Crain**