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Warning issued about folded dollars

An old adage says, “Find a penny, pick it up. The rest of the day, have good luck.”

That saying might not apply to folded dollar bills.

A sheriff’s department in Tennessee is warning residents about picking up folded dollars they might find on the floor of public places. Such dollar bills could be laced with powerful drugs, the Perry County Sheriff’s Department says.

According to Queen City News, two separate incidents have involved folded dollars found on the floor of a gas station. When the bills were picked up, the person discovered a white powdery substance inside. The substance tested positive for meth and fentanyl, according to Queen City News.

Fentanyl is a dangerous drug the CDC says is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Exposure can occur by inhalation, oral ingestion, or skin contact.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Department says only a very tiny amount of fentanyl is enough to kill someone.

“This is very dangerous, folks!” the Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook, “Please share and educate your children not to pick up the money.”

Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems said he plans to push for legislation to intensify the punishment if someone were caught using money “as a carrying pouch for such poison.”

Weems told Queen City News, “It enrages me as a father and the sheriff that people can act so carelessly and have no regard for others well-being, especially a child. I hope we find the ones responsible.”