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Parents find toy stuffed with thousands of pills 'believed to be fentanyl'

According to the CDC, fentanyl is the most dangerous drug in America.
/ Source: TODAY

This week, an Arizona family received far more than they bargained for when they bought a Glo Worm toy for their daughter — only to find that it was stuffed with a sandwich bag full of illicit drugs.

According to a Facebook post by the Phoenix Police Department, the unlucky parents purchased the toy from a thrift store in El Mirage, Arizona. Before letting their daughter play with the toy, the parents cleaned and washed it only to discover the bag with more than 5,000 pills "believed to be fentanyl."

Police said the parents immediately called them after discovering the drugs and handed them over.

"Great job parents!" the Phoenix Police Department wrote on social media.

The parents told police they purchased the toy at a thrift store.Courtesy Phoenix Police

The CDC named fentanyl the most dangerous drug in America — in 2016 alone, it caused more than 18,000 deaths. It's a synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but 50 to 100 times more potent, with a heroin-like effect.

Other common drugs can be laced with fentanyl without the user's knowledge — often leading to tragic and irreversible consequences. Less than a month ago, relationship therapist Dr. Laura Berman's 16-year-old son died from an overdose of fentanyl-laced Xanax.

The parents found a sandwich bag with more than 5,000 pills inside the toy.Courtesy Phoenix Police

The Phoenix Police Department also reminded the public to be sure to carefully inspect all pre-loved items for their own safety.

After all, the use of innocent children's toys as a vessel for drugs isn't an entirely new phenomenon. In 2015, New Jersey mom Elizabeth Faidley ordered her daughter a $500 "handmade" mermaid baby doll from Etsy. But the doll's apparent creepiness wasn't its only problem — after Faidley took it to a doll hospital for a makeover, the employees found two ounces of cocaine in its head.

Further investigation determined that the Etsy shop was actually a cover-up for a drug smuggling operation, Faidley wrote in a viral Facebook post.