KODIAK — A police search turned up fentanyl, a highly potent opioid, during a home search in the Aleutian Homes neighborhood in Kodiak Wednesday.

Police said approximately four grams of powdery white substance tested positive for the drug after a home search on Thorsheim Street turned up suspicious capsules in a plastic bag last week. The search was part of an ongoing investigation into a spate of recent burglaries that have occurred since May, police said.

Fentanyl is a widely-used pain killing medication that is sometimes used as a recreational drug. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Police said it was not the first time that fentanyl had been seized in Kodiak.

“The public needs to be aware of its presence and use caution if they believe they have come in contact with it,” a KPD press release states.

Because of its potency, fentanyl can be dangerous when used recreationally.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, fentanyl overdoses in the U.S. have exploded in recent years, from under 5,000 deaths in 2013 to close to 30,000 in 2017. By comparison, heroin overdoses resulted in 15,958 reported deaths last year, and cocaine 14,556, per the CDC.

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