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Feds warn public: Sharp increase in lethal, fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and meth



This news story was published on October 3, 2021.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Drug Enforcement Administration warns the American public of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. International and domestic criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills, falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills, and killing unsuspecting Americans. These counterfeit pills are easy to purchase, widely available, and often contain deadly doses of fentanyl. Pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are illegal, dangerous, and potentially lethal. This alert does not apply to legitimate pharmaceutical medications prescribed by medical professionals and dispensed by pharmacists.

DEA and its law enforcement partners are seizing deadly fake pills at record rates. More than 9.5 million counterfeit pills were seized so far this year, which is more than the last two years combined. Officials report a dramatic rise in the number of counterfeit pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl, which is considered a deadly dose. The number of DEA-seized counterfeit pills with fentanyl has jumped nearly 430 percent since 2019, a staggering increase. DEA laboratory testing further reveals that today, two out of every five pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose. Additionally, methamphetamine is increasingly being pressed into counterfeit pills.

Some of the most common counterfeit pills are made to look like prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Oxycontin®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and alprazolam (Xanax®); or stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall®). Fake prescription pills are widely accessible and often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms – making them available to anyone with a smartphone, including teens and young adults. These counterfeit pills have been seized by DEA in every U.S. state, and in unprecedented quantities.

Drug traffickers are using fake pills to exploit the opioid crisis and prescription drug misuse in the United States, bringing overdose deaths and violence to American communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, marking the largest number of drug-related deaths ever recorded in a year. Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid most commonly found in counterfeit pills, is the primary driver of this alarming increase in overdose deaths. Drug trafficking is also inextricably linked with violence. This year alone, DEA seized more than 2700 firearms in connection with drug trafficking investigations – a 30 percent increase since 2019. DEA remains steadfast in its mission to protect our communities, enforce U.S. drug laws, and bring to justice the foreign and domestic criminals sourcing, producing, and distributing these deadly fake pills.

The only safe medications are ones prescribed by a trusted medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist. Any pills that do not meet this standard are unsafe and potentially deadly. DEA has launched the public awareness campaign, One Pill Can Kill, to educate the public on dangers of counterfeit pills and how to keep Americans safe.

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20 Responses to Feds warn public: Sharp increase in lethal, fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and meth

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 7, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Let ’em die.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Why warn the public? Let the pill heads kill themselves. Small loss.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 6, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Democrats and OPEN BORDERS !!!
    Need to be defeated!!!!

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 5, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Part of an article from NBC News. June 29,2021

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/fentanyl-seizures-u-s-southern-border-rise-dramatically-n1272676

    In 2018, the Border Patrol in the El Paso sector found just one pound of fentanyl outside ports of entry. In 2019, two pounds. In 2020, nine.

    During the 2021 fiscal year, agents have found 41 pounds so far – a dramatic rise that experts attribute to the increasing role in drug cartels producing the illicit drug themselves with raw materials from China. The sharp rise from 2018 to 2020 suggests the coronavirus pandemic did not artificially inflate the 2021 numbers.

    According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal, depending on a person’s body size. One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people. A kilogram is roughly 2.2 pounds.

    Those busts are not at ports of entry, where most smuggled drugs are typically found. The Border Patrol says the rising amount of fentanyl is being found in the desert – transported by increasingly brazen smugglers who are exploiting stretched federal resources.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 5, 2021 at 1:58 am

    OPEN BORDERS !!!
    IDIOTS !!!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 4, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    waiting for the woke joke commie to tell me borders not boarders – Thanks comrad !

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 4, 2021 at 5:07 pm

      Why would he tell you that? You obviously can’t learn.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 4, 2021 at 6:58 pm

        Nancy needs boarders..by the bus load

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 4, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    SURPRISE ! SURPRISE! Could this possibly be from our COMMUNIST leaders OPEN BOARDERS UN POLICY ??????

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 4, 2021 at 12:39 am

    This is a free country. The kind of people who use those drugs choose to die. This country does more to help criminals than any other country I know of. They break the law, they pay the price.

  9. Colorado Lawman Reply Report comment

    October 3, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    How can I procure a large supply of these items? Please provide more information.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 3, 2021 at 5:59 pm

      Hopefully you will be taking them all.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 3, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    NO SHIT !!!
    The Marxist democrats and their open borders

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 3, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      Gawd, are you stupid.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 4, 2021 at 8:29 am

        How would a Dumb Ass like you know??

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          October 4, 2021 at 8:30 am

          Biden is destroying our great country.

          • Anonymous

            October 4, 2021 at 8:31 am

            AMERICANS you must WAKE UP TO THIS PLEASE !! STAND AND FOR GOD SAKES DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR GUNS !!!!!!

          • Anonymous

            October 4, 2021 at 5:08 pm

            Yeah, I know. No one died of a drug overdose in trump’s term. No one died of covid either.

          • Bernie

            October 4, 2021 at 6:56 pm

            Thanks glad you see the light