Drug traffickers are distributing synthetic fentanyl and meth in new forms. Deadly, fake pills made and deceptively marketed to look like real medicine. 6 out of 10 Fentanyl-Laced Fake Prescription Pills Contain a Lethal Dose.
Six out of ten fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed by the DEA Laboratory in 2022 contained a lethal dose. This is up from the DEA’s 2021 announcement that four of ten fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills contained a potentially lethal dose.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warns of a nationwide rise in the lethality of fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills. Administrator Anne Milgram noted that the number of pills that can kill increased from four to six.
Mexico’s Sinaloa and Jalisco Cartels mass-produce these pills. Avoid taking unprescribed pills. Take no pills from friends. Avoid social media-bought pills. One pill is deadly and Ohio State Highway Patrol shared a tweet on January 28, 2023, saying that #One pill can Kill you can watch the tweet below:
The drug threats facing the U.S. are more pervasive & lethal than ever before with drug traffickers distributing synthetic fentanyl & meth in new forms –deadly, fake pills, made & deceptively marketed to look like real medicine. #OnePillCanKill Learn more: https://t.co/1oPfY2EDIY pic.twitter.com/hxNIwkNuca
— Ohio State Highway Patrol (@OSHP) January 28, 2023
The DEA issued a Public Safety Alert on fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills last year. The Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco (CJNG) Cartel make these deadly pills look like OxyContin®, Percocet®, and Xanax®. The DEA seized 20.4 million counterfeit pills in 2021.
The DEA seized 10.2 million fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills in all 50 states in three months during a nationwide operational surge earlier this year. The DEA’s One Pill Can Kill campaign warns Americans about fake prescription pills.
Fentanyl is America’s deadliest drug. It is a highly addictive synthetic opioid 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Two milligrams of fentanyl—the amount on a pencil tip can be fatal. The CDC reported 107,622 drug poisoning deaths in 2021 with 66% involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl. The Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels in Mexico using Chinese chemicals traffic most of the fentanyl in the US.
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