Residents in Tennessee have been warned by authorities not to collect discarded dollar bills. They could contain fentanyl.
According to the Perry County Sheriff's Office, there were two instances where "a white powdery substance was discovered in folded bills that had been left on the ground of a local gasoline station."
According to a Facebook post, the powder was tested for methamphetamines and fentanyl.
"This is extremely dangerous, people! Sheriff Nick Weems stated that it was important to share the information and teach your children not to take money. "I plan to advocate for legislation that would increase the penalty for anyone caught carrying money for poison. As a father, it is a source of anger for me and the Sheriff that people can be so reckless and disregard others' well-being, especially children.
Weems stated that the office was searching for the person responsible for the bill leaving. On Tuesday, he was unavailable for comment.
Giles County Sheriff's Office shared the warning. They advised people to "be alert and be safe".
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 100 times more powerful than morphine and 50x stronger than heroin according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.