Dickinson Police caution residents following seizure of 'rainbow fentanyl'

'Rainbow fentanyl' is being mass produced by Mexican drug gangs with the the intent to targeting teens and children with the production of the highly colorful synthetic opioid, according to law enforcement.

Rainbow fentanyl
A large quantity of 'rainbow fentanyl' was recently seized by the Southwest Narcotics Task Force.
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DICKINSON — The Dickinson Police Department issued a public notice via social media on Thursday concerning an alarming seizure of a synthetic opioid. In a Facebook post Dickinson police noted that Mexican drug cartels have moved a colorful new variety of the lethal drug, fentanyl, into the Western Edge.

“‘Rainbow fentanyl’ has made its way to Dickinson. A recent seizure of the extremely dangerous drug was made by the Southwest Narcotics Task Force. The pills are stamped ‘M30’ and come in a variety of bright colors,” the post stated.

Dickinson Police Department also made a point to emphasize the drug’s high potency, which has prompted tragic overdoses across the country.

“Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. It remains the deadliest drug threat facing the country. In 2021 alone, 66% of the 107,622 overdose deaths were caused by fentanyl,” the post stated.

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Further comments on the seizure were sought by The Press, but were not available by publication.


Most of the illicit pills are being manufactured in China and trafficked across the loosely monitored U.S. — Mexico Border. India is also a major source of the drug, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain medication that was first developed in 1960 and approved for use in America by the FDA in 1968.

According to an August press release, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram believes the new color scheme is a ploy to entice minors.

“Rainbow fentanyl — fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes — is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults,” Milgram stated.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has a list of recommendations on how to mitigate the proliferation of the addiction crisis in America, noting the expanding distribution of naloxone, more commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan. The now synonymous drug has proven to be a life saving medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose, if administered in time. The CDC also recommends early intervention with drug users at the highest risk of overdose, boosting awareness about treatment programs and improving detection of overdose outbreaks to enable a more effective response.

Those seeking help for their addictions can find support groups, free of charge, by attending Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. These meetings can be found all throughout North Dakota, and at a wide variety of times each week. To learn more, visit or call 701-264-7552.

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Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge. His reporting focuses on Stark County government and surrounding rural communities.
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