The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has released a report warning that the widespread counterfeit pill phenomenon is no longer a series of isolated incidents, but a dangerous trend in the United States. Counterfeit prescription painkillers laced with the synthetic opioid fentanyl are being sold on the streets. These incredibly powerful pills have proven deadly due to the drug’s potency. These pills look like ordinary prescription painkillers that users buy illegally all the time. Unfortunately, these pills provide anything but the ordinary high. Fentanyl is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine, and as a result, a few extra grains of it can prove deadly.
In the new report, the DEA warns the public about these counterfeit pills: “Fentanyl will continue to appear in counterfeit opioid medications and will likely appear in a variety of non-opiate drugs as traffickers seek to expand the market in search of higher profits. Overdoses and deaths from counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl will increase as users continue to inaccurately dose themselves with imitation medications.” Fentanyl has proved to be a dangerous drug threat for many users seeking a more powerful high.
Illegal fentanyl originally appeared as an additive to heroin, but it has quickly become the focus. Counterfeit prescription drugs are unregulated, so there’s no way to monitor what is being put in them. Fentanyl is sourced by chemists in Chinese laboratories, and the DEA report states that many of these laboratories are also producing pharmaceuticals that are legally sold in the United States. DEA spokesman Melvin Patterson stated, “it’s a huge concern. People don’t know what they are getting.” The result has been more unexpected overdoses and deaths.
Fentanyl is a highly dangerous drug that is killing Americans on a daily basis. If you or your loved one is struggling with an opioid addiction, the time to seek help is now. Do not become part of the statistics — seek help today. Addiction Intervention Now specializes in helping struggling individuals receive the help they need and deserve. Call us today at (800) 208-8680.