OMAHA, Neb. -- Authorities across the state are sounding the alarm for fentanyl-laced drugs. Lincoln and Omaha are seeing a spike in fentanyl related overdose deaths.
The DEA Omaha Division said they have seen an increase in overdose deaths that began August 10th.
Eight overdose deaths and 21 overdoses have been reported between Omaha and Lincoln in six days.
A majority of the deaths involved cocaine laced with fentanyl.
The drug is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
Investigators in Lincoln and Omaha are seeing fentanyl mixed with cocaine, meth and also in counterfeit pills.
Nebraska laws provide exceptions from criminal liability for a person who requests medical help in the event of a drug overdose.
The Nebraska State Patrol tweeted, "Investigators with each agency are seeing fentanyl mixed with cocaine, methamphetamine and also in counterfeit pills made to look like legitimate name brand pharmaceuticals. A lethal dose of fentanyl is equivalent in size to a few grains of salt.
Also, please know that Nebraska state statute provides exceptions from criminal liability for a person who requests emergency medical assistance for themselves or another person in the event of a drug overdose."