As if the opioid epidemic wasn’t bad enough, the Drug Enforcement Administration now says that Mexican drug cartels are flooding the Midwest with fake pills.
Most often, the counterfeits contain fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be fatal, even in small amounts.
DEA Field Division Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin says the pills look so good that it takes a pharmacist to tell they’re fake. But, in the first three months of 2019, 27 percent of the pills seized contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.
Officials warn that – if you don’t know where that pill came from – don’t take it.