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    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Northeast Ohio found that individuals are setting up labs with pill presses to produce fentanyl pills inside their homes. According to the DEA, generally, in a lot of cases, cartels produced the pills in Mexico and then distributed them in the United States but now say they are finding a concerning trend where individuals are producing these dangerous drugs from local home laboratories. “We’re finding now where people are actually setting up labs and we found several of them here in Cleveland where they’re producing these fentanyl pills right in their homes,” Tom Gergye, DEA assistant special agent in charge, said. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. In most adults, the DEA notes, a 2-3 milligram dose is fatal. Pharmacies also make the powerful drug for legal use by prescription. The U.S. DEA issued a public safety warning last month after finding a sharp increase in law enforcement confiscating fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills. According to...
    The US Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public of a sharp nationwide increase in potentially deadly fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl. DEA Laboratory Testing revealed that six out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. That's an increase from the DEA’s previous announcement in 2021 that four out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills were found to contain a potentially lethal dose. “This marks a dramatic increase – from four out of ten to six out of ten – in the number of pills that can kill,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram.  The pills are being mass-produced by the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Cartel in Mexico, Milgram said. "Never take a pill that wasn’t prescribed directly to you," Milgram noted. "Never take a pill from a friend. Never take a pill bought on social media. Just one pill is dangerous and one pill can kill.” Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.  Just two milligrams...
    A 26-year-old man from South Jersey has been arrested in connection with selling counterfeit prescription drugs (CPDs) that contained fentanyl, authorities said. Marques A. Palmer, of Burlington Township, was charged with first-degree strict liability for a drug-induced death and the possession and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Florence Township Police Chief Brian Boldizar. An investigation began in April 2021, when Florence Township police were dispatched to the 200 block of Fifth Avenue in the Roebling section of town for an unconscious male. Police found the body of 29-year-old Johnathon Mariano, the prosecutor said. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood determined Mariano died of fentanyl toxicity.  The investigation revealed that Mariano fatally overdosed on pills he allegedly purchased from Palmer, the prosecutor said. A warranted search was made at Palmer’s residence and resulted in the seizure of $10,500 in cash and more than 1,000 pills that were determined by the Burlington County Forensic Science Laboratory to contain fentanyl, Coffina and Boldizar said. The blue pills were identified as counterfeit controlled...
    COLUMBUS — The Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center (ONIC) released a public safety bulletin today alerting Ohioans that counterfeit/fake prescription tablets that look like alprazolam (Xanax®) and oxycodone (Oxycontin®) are being sold in Ohio. These dangerous counterfeits contain fentanyl, a powerful drug that can kill, and other contents that could cause death. The number and letter markings, colors, and scoring lines on the fake pills look identical to the real/legitimate pills. It is nearly impossible to tell the difference with the naked eye. Authorities with Columbus Division of Police Crime Lab, Lake County Crime Lab, Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Drug Chemistry Unit, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab have all reported to ONIC an increase in the submission and sophistication of counterfeit pills containing deadly substances over the past year, a time period coinciding with a national increase in fatal overdoses. “Because of the potential lethality of these counterfeit pills, the ONIC issued this bulletin to raise awareness about the dangers of the drugs,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “ONIC analysts have found that...
                        The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) held a press conference on Monday morning to discuss the dangers of drug addiction and counterfeit medication in Tennessee. TBI Director David Rausch said in the meeting, “Let me be clear, if you’re buying pills on the street, in our state, you’re gambling.” Rausch showed examples of drugs like oxycodone, and compared them to counterfeit pills that have proved fatal to users. Most fake prescription pills contain fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. In 2017, fentanyl had attributed to 59 percent of drug overdose deaths. In 2019, Tennessee lost over 2,000 people to drug overdoses, and of those over 1,000 were fentanyl related. Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Commissioner Marie Williams said, “Our state doesn’t just have a counterfeit pill problem, or an opioid problem, or a methamphetamine problem, we have an addiction problem. Just like every other state in this country.” Williams also mentioned the Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist (ROPS) program that Tennessee offers. The program, which started in October 2017, has...
    American children will die as a result of President Joe Biden’s ‘near open border’ policy that allows lethal narcotics to flow into the country from Mexico, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. 'We have these porous borders. These [drug] cartels figure out...not only how to get into Texas, California and Arizona, but all across the country and build up networks,' Pompeo told WABC 770 AM radio on Sunday. 'Our local law enforcement...are under enormous pressure because of the drugs. 'Kids all across America are going to die as a result of the failure of this Administration to secure that border.' Pompeo criticized the Biden administration for not adequately screening migrants who come across the border and for ditching Donald Trump’s ‘remain in Mexico’ policy. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (seen above in Des Moines, Iowa in July) says American children will die due to lethal drugs pouring into the country from Mexico Trump's former top diplomat slammed the Biden administration's handling of the crisis along the US-Mexico frontier, where tens of thousands of undocumented migrants, primarily from Haiti,...
    (CNN)The Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday it made 810 arrests and seized more than 1.8 million fake pills during a two-month sweep to stem the flow of counterfeit medications containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The lethal tablets are fueling a surge in US drug-overdose deaths in recent years, and largely are trafficked from Mexico, where drug cartels produce the tablets from precursor chemicals imported from China, top US officials said at a news conference Thursday. "Illicit fentanyl was responsible for nearly three quarters of the more than 93,000 fatal drug overdoses in the United States in 2020," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said at Justice Department headquarters.DEA warns of sharp increase in fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl and meth"The pervasiveness of these illicit drugs, and the fatal overdoses that too often result, is a problem that cuts across America from small towns to big cities and everything in between."DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said the agency is working to shut wide distribution networks selling tablets that look like name-brand prescription medications such as Xanax and Percocet. Read More"DEA laboratory testing...
    (CNN)The US Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday issued a public safety alert about a sharp increase of fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl and methamphetamine. This is the first such alert issued by the DEA in six years. Drug overdose deaths in 2020 hit highest number ever recorded, CDC data showsAccording to the agency, more than 9.5 million counterfeit pills have been seized this year, more than the last two years combined. In a news release, the agency said DEA lab tests revealed there has also been a dramatic rise in pills containing at least 2 milligrams of the drug, which is considered a lethal dose. An image from the DEA shows an authentic 30mg oxycodone pill on the left, and a counterfeit pill on the right.Many of these drugs are produced by gangs and criminal drug networks and made to look like prescription opioid drugs such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, or stimulants like Adderall. These pills are widely available online and often sold through social media. The DEA said China is supplying chemicals for manufacturing of fentanyl in...
    The Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday issued a rare public safety alert warning Americans of an "alarming increase" in deadly fake prescription pills containing fentanyl flooding the country.  In its first such alert in six years, the agency said the majority of the counterfeit pills found in the U.S. are being manufactured in Mexico with the help of chemicals supplied by China. Over 9.5 million phony pills have been seized so far this year – more than the last two years combined, the DEA said. A bag containing 445 fentanyl pills worth an estimated $10,000 inside an Arizona woman's pants, seized by the Yavapai County Sheriff's office. (Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office ) PARENTS WHO LOST CHILDREN TO FENTANYL POISONING SOUND ALARM ABOUT COUNTERFEIT PILLS COMING ACROSS BORDER The counterfeit pills are produced to look like real prescription opioid medications. "DEA laboratory testing reveals a dramatic rise in the number of counterfeit pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl, which is considered a lethal dose," the DEA said in its alert. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is issuing a Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, after seizing an unprecedented number of counterfeit pills containing the deadly substance fentanyl. The counterfeit pills, mass-produced by criminal drug networks, are made to look like prescription painkillers, and are killing unsuspecting Americans at an unprecedented rate. READ MORE: Floridas Minimum Wage Workers Get Pay Boost This Week DEA warns that International and domestic criminal drug networks are flooding U.S. with lethal counterfeit pills.(Source: DEA) The counterfeit pills look like oxycodone (Oxycontin®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and alprazolam (Xanax®); or stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall®). They’re being sold on the street and online and the DEA says these fake pills are laced with fentanyl or methamphetamine, because they’re cheaper to make. DEA laboratory testing reveals a dramatic rise in the number of counterfeit pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl, which is considered a lethal dose. A deadly dose of fentanyl is small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil. READ MORE: Its Not Delivery, Its DiGiorno And Now 27,000...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a public safety alert warning Americans of the increase in lethal fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. Calling the nationwide surge ‘alarming’, officials say the counterfeit pills — that are mass-produced by criminal drug networks — are marketed as legitimate prescription pills, but are killing unsuspecting Americans at an unprecedented rate. READ MORE: Arlington ISD Schools On Lockdown After Shots Fired In The Area The counterfeit pills have been seized in every U.S. state in unprecedented quantities. More than 9.5 million counterfeit pills were seized so far this year, which is more than the last two years combined. The most noticeable increase is in pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl, which is considered a lethal dose. A deadly dose of fentanyl is small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil. The counterfeit pills are illegally manufactured to look like real prescription opioid medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam (Xanax); or stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall). “Counterfeit pills that contain these dangerous and extremely addictive...
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