Hayward police warn of fentanyl that looks like chewing gum

The dangerous opioid fentanyl can appear in many forms, and Hayward police say they have just discovered a new one.
The dangerous opioid fentanyl can appear in many forms, and Hayward police say they have just discovered a new one. Photo credit Hayward Police Department

The dangerous opioid fentanyl can appear in many forms, and Hayward police say they have just discovered a new one.

Most often, illicit fentanyl is distributed as a powder or pill. But the Hayward Police Department on Friday warned of a new, gel-like variety "that looks similar to chewing gum."

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"It's kind of a squishy substance," Cassandra Fovel, an officer and spokesperson with the department, said.