Yesterday, the Washington State Department of Health sounded the alarm over fentanyl overdoses in a news release—and immediately started blaming dispensaries, because cannabis could theoretically be laced with the deadly drug. But journalists and researchers are wondering if these so-called fentanyl-laced weed overdoses actually even exist, or if the sources of this information have any merit in reality.
“Fentanyl-related overdoses are increasing across the state,” the officials wrote. “Now, state health officials are asking that people carry naloxone if they plan on consuming any drug not purchased at a pharmacy or cannabis dispensary or have friends and family that do.”
Buzzfeed called the fentanyl-laced cannabis myth “the hardiest urban legend of the U.S. overdose crisis,” and it sure is hard to tell, when the myth is routinely perpetuated by state and federal officials, and shared constantly by law enforcement. Seasoned cannabis consumers are baffled as to why anyone would lace weed with an hard-to-obtain, deadly drug that is more expensive than cannabis, per gram. The officials did not stop there, however.
“Assume that any substance that you do not purchase at a pharmacy or cannabis dispensary contains fentanyl.”
The release indicated that preliminary data shows 418 overdose deaths in the first three months of