Marijuana with Fentanyl - Unintentional Contamination
Federal and State partners reviewed the 39 suspected incidents where only marijuana use was reported. The review revealed that in at least 30 of the 39 incidents, the patient(s) had a history of opioid use, previous opioid overdose, exposure to multiple substances, or other mitigating factors.
The State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services Forensic Lab reviewed all marijuana plant samples submitted to the lab from July 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021, and found no other marijuana submissions containing fentanyl.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Lab confirmed the presence of fentanyl in the marijuana sample analyzed by the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services Forensic Lab submitted by Plymouth Police Department in early October 2021.
Based on the information gathered since the positive confirmation of marijuana with fentanyl, the CT ORS assesses that the positive confirmation of marijuana with fentanyl was likely an unintentional contamination and an isolated incident.