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'Don't pick up folded dollar bills,' sheriff warns

Folded money (Photo: Giles County Sheriff's Dept.)
Folded money (Photo: Giles County Sheriff's Dept.)
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GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WZTV) — Deputies in Tennessee have released a public safety warning about money being found with fentanyl tucked inside dollar bills.

There have been two incidents where a folded dollar bill was found on the floor in gas stations, according to the Giles County Sheriff's Office. The person who found the bill discovered white powdery substances inside. After it was tested, the substance was positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl.

The sheriff's department urged parents to educate children about not picking up folded money they may find in and around businesses, playgrounds, etc. without using great caution or alerting a parent or guardian.

The sheriff's office posted a photo of a penny for scale and a small amount of white powder next to it to illustrate how little a quantity of fentanyl can kill anyone it comes in contact with.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states fentanyl can be absorbed into the body via inhalation, oral exposure or ingestion, or skin contact.

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