FLEMINGTON, NJ – The danger is real.

That’s what Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III has announced after two ounces of pure fentanyl were recovered last week by local law enforcement in Hunterdon.

The drug is a danger to law enforcement, first responders and the public, Kearns said in a press release.

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“Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that mimics the effects of morphine in the human body, with a potency 100 times that of morphine,” Kearns said. “Due to the high potency and availability of fentanyl this deadly drug is becoming more common. As a consequence, not only are users exposed to danger, but so are others who encounter them including the general public.

“It only takes a very small amount of fentanyl, which can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin or mucus membranes to result in death,” he said. “Fentanyl can resemble powdered drugs such as heroin or cocaine but can also be found in pill or capsule form. If someone comes in contact with a substance they believe might be fentanyl they should immediately notify the police.”