The Marietta Police Department issued a warning against possible fentanyl or carfentanil exposure in public places, such as hotels, restaurants and rental cars.
Police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy warned that unsuspecting people could be exposed to the drug through inhaling or touching it.
The department said to call police or emergency medical services to investigate any suspicious substances, rather than handling them. Touching or smelling fentanyl could cause an immediate overdose, police said.
The statement comes in the wake of recent reports of a fentanyl and carfentanil cases that have swept across the country.
According to the Department of Health and Human services, 78 people die daily from an opioid-related overdose.
In other news:
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.