DEA Warns of Counterfeit Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth
The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a public safety warning on the increase of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and meth.
This marks the first DEA public safety alert in six years.
The counterfeit pills are made in criminal drug network labs and marketed as legitimate prescription pills.
“The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis of overdose deaths fueled by illegally manufactured fentanyl and methamphetamine,” said Anne Milgram, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Counterfeit pills that contain these dangerous and extremely addictive drugs are more lethal and more accessible than ever before. In fact, DEA lab analyses reveal that two out of every five fake pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose. DEA is focusing resources on taking down the violent drug traffickers causing the greatest harm and posing the greatest threat to the safety and health of Americans. Today, we are alerting the public to this danger so that people have the information they need to protect themselves and their children.”
“What is particularly alarming is how these pills are often marketed and packaged as legitimate prescription medications. To the naked eye they appear to be the same pill you would get at a local pharmacy, when in fact they often contain lethal dosages of fentanyl,” said DEA Detroit Division
Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin, whose office oversees DEA operations in Michigan, Ohio and northern Kentucky.
“Criminal drug traffickers flood this region with fake prescription pills. This summer alone we have seized hundreds of thousands of fake pills. They are getting them here by whatever means they can, and they are trying to exploit every mechanism possible: the border, ports, commercial shipping, the mail, and more. Working with our law enforcement partners, we are all laser-focused on stopping the drugs at every current and potential entry point and pursuing those who distribute them in our communities.”
The DEA says the fake pills are killing unsuspecting Americans at an alarming rate.