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DEA Issues Rare Public Safety Alert on Fake Prescription Pills
— Sharp rise in lethal counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, meth
by Judy George, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today September 28, 2021
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a public safety alert on Monday warning of an “alarming increase” in lethal counterfeit pills containing fentanyl or methamphetamine.
Besides fentanyl, methamphetamine also is being pressed into counterfeit pills. Fake tablets are made to look like the prescription opioids oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) and hydrocodone (Vicodin), and also like alprazolam (Xanax) and amphetamines (Adderall). The pills often are sold on social media or e-commerce platforms…
The alert does not apply to legitimate pharmaceutical medications prescribed by medical professionals and dispensed by licensed pharmacists, the agency emphasized….
Due to the publicity regarding the opioid epidemic, doctors were advised to cut back dramatically on prescriptions of opioid drugs and benzodiazepines. This left many chronic pain patients (many of which were already addicted to prescription opioids) without legitimate prescriptions. These people turned to street drugs, including pills and even heroin. Unfortunately, the drug cartels that are manufacturing the counterfeit pills are adulterating them.
In July, the CDC estimated that 93,331 people had died from drug overdoses in 2020, a jump of 29.4% from the year before.