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Published on February 28, 2024
Fake Pill Pandemic Floods Streets with Fentanyl-laced DangerSource: Flickr / Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

The perils of counterfeit pills have never been more acute as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports a staggering influx of fake medications laced with lethal substances. According to the Plano Texas Police Department, traffickers are deploying pill presses to create bogus versions of common prescription drugs, masking the presence of powerful and often deadly drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine within.

Last year alone, the DEA seized over 79 million fake pills, a jump of more than 33% from the previous year. These fraudulent medications, designed to mimic the look of legitimate drugs such as oxycodone, Xanax, and Adderall, all too often contain fentanyl, a substance so potent, that even a miniscule amount can result in overdose or death. In a staggering revelation, DEA laboratory testing currently indicates that 7 out of 10 of these imitation pills harbor a potentially deadly dose of fentanyl.

The consequences for unsuspecting individuals can be devastating. A single pill has the power to end a life, triggering urgent warnings and a nationwide alert. Under the sobering banner of #OnePillCanKill, the DEA and police departments across the country are intensifying their calls for public vigilance. This social media-spread campaign stresses the gravity of the issue, imploring people to avoid medication that is not prescribed by a medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.