WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public of dangerous counterfeit pills killing Americans. Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that is lethal in minute doses, for distribution throughout North America.
Based on a sampling of tablets seized nationwide between January and March 2019, DEA found that 27 percent contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.
“Capitalizing on the opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse in the United States, drug trafficking organizations are now sending counterfeit pills made with fentanyl in bulk to the United States for distribution,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “Counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl and fentanyl-laced heroin are responsible for thousands of opioid-related deaths in the United States each year.”
Fentanyl and other highly potent synthetic opioids remain the primary driver behind the ongoing opioid crisis, with fentanyl involved in more deaths than any other illicit drug.
A lethal dose of fentanyl is estimated to be about two milligrams, but can vary based on an individual’s body size, tolerance, amount of previous usage and other factors.
MAT Expansion Program – Recently, we received a 2 grants that allows us to build our ambitious Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Program. The program will help to quickly bridge patients in the hospital to long-term treatment, which may use MAT and /or other necessary therapies.
Youth – We are working with the local youth center to give kids an alternate way to have fun instead of drinking and doing drugs.
Leave – It – Behind Cards – We provide cards with SafeRx’s contact to law enforcement that they can leave on a doorstep of a home that they suspect are in danger due to excessive drug use. The residents of the house can use these cards to call SafeRx to get help if they want it.
Safety Disposal Bins – There are 300 free safety disposal bins, which will be required (and very expensive) in 2020, available for pharmacies in California. The SafeRx team is trying to get as many of these as we can to local pharmacies before the state runs out!