Fentanyl Will Be Circulating at Lollapalooza 2022, Chicago DEA Warns
Chicago has reported nearly 1,300 fatal fentanyl overdoses in the last year alone, Fox 32 Chicago reported this week. Now, with the approach of Lollapalooza, the city's Drug Enforcement Agency is on high alert.
"There's going to be people walking around with backpacks at Lollapalooza that are going to be selling pills that are going to be laced with fentanyl," Shane Catone, the division's Deputy Special Agent in Charge, told Fox 32. "There's not a doubt in my mind."
According to the report, Catone's department has seized 80,000 pills containing fentanyl in the city since last October. One thing that makes these "fake" drugs so dangerous, he added, is how hard they are to distinguish from the real thing.
"I've done this job for 20 years," Catone continued. "I can't distinguish between a fake fentanyl pill or a pill containing fentanyl and one that doesn't."