Most of the counterfeit pills are being manufactured in Mexico with chemicals supplied by China.
The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a rare public safety alert Monday, warning Americans of an “alarming increase” in deadly counterfeit prescription pills that flooded the country with fentanyl.
In its first such alert in six years, the agency said Most of the counterfeit pills found in the US are being manufactured in Mexico with the help of chemicals supplied by China.
The DEA said more than 9.5 million counterfeit pills have been seized so far this year – more than in the previous two years.
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Counterfeit pills are made to look like real prescription opioid drugs.
“DEA laboratory testing reveals a dramatic increase 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 100 times more potent than heroin.
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Methamphetamine in pills has also been increasingly found.
The DEA said that counterfeit pills are usually sold on social media, making them easy for minors to access.
This story first appeared in New York Post