Tennessee sheriff’s office warns public to not pick up folded dollar bills: ‘Very dangerous issue’

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A Tennessee sheriff’s office is warning the public to not pick up folded dollar bills because it could contain a deadly substance: fentanyl.

In a Facebook post, the Giles County Sheriff’s Office said on two occasions a folded dollar bill was found on the ground at a local gas station.

“When it was found and picked up, the person discovered a white powdery substance inside,” the post said.

The substance was tested and was positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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“This is a very dangerous issue,” the sheriff’s office said in the post.

The post asked for people to educate their children in not picking up any folded dollar bills without a guardian or parent present. It also featured an image with a small amount of a powdery substance next to a penny, warning that amount is more than enough to kill someone who came in contact with it.

“Be aware and be safe.” the post concluded.

Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Email: agilbert@usatoday.com.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tennessee sheriff’s office warns public about folded dollar bills