Federal officials say the artist was sold fentanyl-laced pills shortly before his 2018 death.
“We’re not trying to scare them. We just want to save a few lives.”
More than 250 pounds of the deadly drug worth $3.5 million was picked up by authorities in Arizona.
Two responding police officers in Chico, California, were also hospitalized after feeling effects of the drug, authorities said.
The cartels decided not to push fentanyl in the state until recently.
"In the midst of the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history, the FDA seems to be operating in a vacuum, without regard for optics or public health," one psychiatrist said.
Almost half of the nearly 200 U.S. drug overdose deaths every day involve fentanyl.
New estimates indicate that the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl continues to drive the crisis.
The synthetic drug fentanyl is sweeping the country. It appeared in these cities first -- and people who use it tend to share needles.
The iconic singer died from an overdose of fentanyl in April 2016.
As two cities in Massachusetts struggle with an outbreak, the powerful synthetic fentanyl may be mostly to blame.
A toxicology report obtained by the Associated Press sheds light on the shocking quantity.
There have been isolated reports of weed being spiked with the synthetic opioid, but they aren't credible.
Her advice: "Eat the ice cream, have the French fry, don’t buy the street drug."
The family hopes releasing the cause of death deepens a national conversation about the opioid crisis.
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Authorities confiscated more than 200 pounds of the potent synthetic opioid from a Queens apartment last month.