Residents of Portland, Oregon were left in shock after bags of fentanyl were discovered in a popular public park amidst the city’s ongoing drug epidemic.

A local mother recently found over 80 grams of the synthetic opioid in powder and pill forms in Tanner Springs Park on Monday. Tom Karwaki, the chair of the University Park Neighborhood Association, stated that this amount of fentanyl is “far beyond” personal use.

“I think everyone is outraged,” Karwaki expressed on “Fox & Friends” on Friday. “No playground is safe in the United States.”

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Fentanyl found in Portland park

A Portland mother found bags of fentanyl in powder and pill forms in Tanner Springs Park.

The decriminalization of personal drug use occurred in Portland in 2020, but Mayor Ted Wheeler has proposed a ban on the use of controlled substances in public spaces. Violators of this ordinance may face a fine of up to $500 or six months in jail.

Karwaki acknowledged the recent efforts to clean up parks and public spaces but emphasized the need for further change.

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“Everyone has to be vigilant and clean them up, dispose of them when you come across them, or report to the authorities,” he stated. “Drugs like this should not be found in public spaces.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Synthetic opioids were responsible for two-thirds of overdose deaths in 2021.

NYNNC said there have been six drug overdoses in his neighborhood alone.

“We need to demand more from our public officials,” Karwaki urged. “We should have our playgrounds staffed, cleaned, and patrolled – and this is something that everyone should be advocating for at a citywide and nationwide level.”

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