Law enforcement caution of a dangerous pill found in the Tri-City area

Photo: Kennewick Police Department

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - A new drug that looks to be a pharmaceutical pill is popping up in the Tri-Cities area.

A nation-wide reduction in opioid prescriptions has attributed to what police said is a very dangerous blue pill coming into the Tri-City region.

The pills are known as "mexi's" or "blues" and while they look to be prescription pills, they are not produced by a pharmaceutical company, Kennewick police shared in a public alert.

These pills are very dangerous as it is not known what each pill contains. Kennewick police said criminals are compressing substances together to create a product similar to prescription pills.

Police said these pills contain a powerful pain reliever called Fentanyl, which is a synthetic opiate that is 50 to 100 times stronger that morphine.

Area law enforcement is investigating to determine who is bringing these drugs into the community.

Anyone with information regarding the blue pills is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or the Kennewick Police Department at 509-628-0333.

You can learn more about the dangers of opioids here.

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