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The deadly “fake pill” surge prompts a rare public warning from the DEA

U.S. officials warned Americans not to buy prescription drugs online on Monday as they contain more and more lethal doses of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has provided advice that applies to counterfeit medicines made to look like genuine oxycontin, bicodin, zanax, or adderall.

Fake tablets are widely available on social media and e-commerce platforms.

“Counterfeit tablets containing these dangerous and highly addictive drugs are more deadly and more accessible than ever,” said Ammilgram, DEA administrator. In the statement..

“In fact, DEA Lab analysis reveals that two-fifths of fake tablets containing fentanyl may contain lethal doses.”

The first unusual public recommendation since 2015 comes from the surge in US drug overdose deaths last year to a record high of 93,000.

According to DEA, fentanyl, the most commonly found synthetic opioid in counterfeit tablets, is the main driver of the rise.

Overdose involving methamphetamine is another factor, as it is increasingly being found to be pushed into counterfeit tablets.

So far this year, more than 9.5 million counterfeit tablets have been confiscated, more than the total for the last two years.

Mostly produced in Mexico, China supplies the chemicals used to make fentanyl in Mexico.

© © Agence France-Presse

The deadly “fake pill” surge prompts a rare public warning from the DEA

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