Couple left stunned after finding 5,000 FENTANYL PILLS inside a stuffed toy they bought for their daughter at an Arizona thrift store
- The parents bought the Glo Worm toy from a thrift store in El Mirage last week
- They were cleaning the second-hand item for their daughter when they found 5,000 fentanyl pills stuffed inside
- The couple contacted police who seized the stash of drugs
- The CDC has labelled fentanyl ‘the most dangerous drug in America’; more than 20,000 citizens died from fentanyl overdoses in 2016
An Arizona couple have been left stunned after buying a toy from a thrift store only to find it stuffed full of fentanyl pills.
The parents purchased the green Glo Worm toy for their young daughter at a second-hand store in El Mirage last week.
The mom and dad decided to wash down the toy before giving it to their little girl because it had been previously owned.
However, during the cleaning process the pair discovered the Glo Worm concealed a sandwich bag containing 5,000 pills.
The alarmed parents contacted Phoenix Police who seized the stash of prescription drugs.
An Arizona couple have been left stunned after buying a toy from a thrift store only to find it stuffed full of fentanyl pills
The Phoenix Police Department shared a photo of the pills to Facebook on Friday, writing: ‘Great job parents! Remember, please inspect all opened and used items for your family’s safety.’
Locals were left alarmed by the news, with many expressing relief that the parents had inspected the plush toy before letting their daughter play with it.
‘How scary. Imagine a child ingesting just a small amount of that,’ one wrote.
‘Holy Crap,thank God they found this before that baby/or any other child played with that,’ another wrote.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has labelled fentanyl ‘the most dangerous drug in America.
The parents purchased the item from a thrift store in El Mirage (pictured), located 18 miles southeast of Phoenix
The synthetic opioid is usually only prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. It is up to 100 times more potent than morphine.
However, in recent years, hundreds of thousands of Americans have become hooked on the drug after initially being prescribed it for more minor ailments.
Fentanyl is a serious contributor to America’s ‘opioid epidemic’, along with OxyContin and Vicodin.
The epidemic is largely seen as the country’s most serious ongoing health crisis. In 2016, more than 40,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses.
More than half of those deaths were caused by fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a serious contributor to America’s ‘opioid epidemic’, along with OxyContin and Vicodin. The epidemic is largely seen as the country’s most serious ongoing health crisis