The DEA has issued an alert about a ‘alarming’ spike in bogus fentanyl pills.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration issued its first public safety advisory in more than a decade, warning Americans of a “alarming” spike in the black market availability of phony prescription tablets containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.
The DEA stated in a statement released on Monday that law enforcement has recovered more than 9.5 million counterfeit tablets in all 50 states so far this year, citing a “surge” of such medicines manufactured by international and domestic criminal networks flooding the country.
Since 2019, the number of counterfeit fentanyl pills seized has climbed by 430 percent, according to the report.
The DEA warned that buying medicine outside of a certified pharmacy is unlawful. “These counterfeit tablets are easy to purchase, widely available, and often contain lethal amounts of fentanyl,” it stated.
Officials have also reported a “dramatic increase” in the amount of counterfeit tablets with a deadly dose of at least 2 milligrams of fentanyl, with two out of every five counterfeit pills confiscated possessing this dosage, according to the article.
Authorities warned that the tablets were disguised as prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam, as well as stimulants like amphetamines, to take advantage of the country’s increasing opioid problem and prescription drug misuse.
In a statement, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said, “The United States is experiencing an unprecedented crisis of overdose deaths fueled by illegally made fentanyl and methamphetamine.” “Counterfeit tablets containing these hazardous and highly addictive narcotics are more harmful and available than they have ever been.”
According to her, the DEA is focusing its efforts on apprehending dangerous drug traffickers who are “causing the most harm.”
According to the DEA, the great majority of counterfeit pills entering the US are manufactured in Mexico, with China supplying chemicals for fentanyl production.
More than 93,000 Americans died of a drug overdose last year, according to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with fentanyl being the leading narcotic of concern.
“Today, we are raising awareness of this threat so that people have the information they need to safeguard themselves and their children,” Milgram added.
The warning was released in conjunction with the DEA’s One Pill Can Kill Public Awareness Campaign, which aims to raise public awareness about the hazards of counterfeit medications.
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