BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Burlington Police say a white powder found on a neighborhood street could very well be a powerful form of heroin tied to a nationwide epidemic.
Police say someone was walking on Eldermont Street near Heather Road Thursday morning and noticed a plastic bag filled with smaller plastic bags containing the substance. Officers closed off the area to investigate.
Police believe the drug was heroin laced with Fentanyl, a pain killer 50 times more potent than morphine. The supercharged version of heroin has caused hundreds of overdoses across the nation, including right here in the Triad.
"You don't want kids coming across it, finding it, playing with it, even just touching it, if it does have Fentanyl in it," said Chris Verdeck, assistant chief of the Burlington Police Department. "It's absorbed through the skin, or can be inhaled, so it's really dangerous to be laying out in the road like that."
Police say the bag had a street value of $40,000.
Investigators still are not sure how it ended up on the street, but if you have any information that could help solve the case, call 336-229-3500.
Verdeck says Burlington police have noticed an increase in heroin use. He says the low cost and ease of access to the drug are to blame.
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