CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – The Clarksville Police Department (CPD) is warning the public about the possible presence of fentanyl in the community after a recent uptick in the reported number of overdoses in the community. Members of the CPD’s Special Operations Unit and 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed multiple narcotics search warrants Saturday night at 937 Shearor Street, 2708 Whitfield Road and 232 Millstone Circle, all in Clarksville, TN.

These investigations were spurred by reports of multiple overdoses in the community. Police believe there is an increased presence of fentanyl based compounds in the community and urges anyone who uses or knows someone who is a user of illicit drugs, such as heroin, to be aware of the increased risk.

The investigation is ongoing and police have not released information about charges related to the search warrants. According to TBI, in certain doses, fentanyl can be 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine. The drug doesn’t necessarily need to be ingested to have an effect. It can absorb through the skin, so touching the substance can quickly put an individual at risk of opioid overdose.

Anyone struggling with drug addiction issues should contact the Tennessee REDLINE at 1-800-889-9789.