LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the public against fake prescription pills, Ludlow Police Chief Daniel Valadas said Friday.
This is part of the One Pill Can Kill public awareness campaign. These pills are readily available and highly lethal. Fentanyl and methamphetamine are often contained in these mass-produced pills. According to the DEA, these pills are popular among drug criminal networks. The pills are marketed as true prescription opioid medications.
Often these counterfeit pills are sold on social media. E-commerce platforms are popular for selling these pills. Children may be at risk because social media is easily accessible to anyone with a smartphone or computer. It is recommended that parents inform their children about the use of prescription drugs.
Two key rules to remember: Only take medication purchased from a pharmacy and only take medication prescribed by a healthcare professional. All other pills purchased are illegal, dangerous and most likely fatal.
Twenty million counterfeit pills were arrested by the DEA in December 2021 in every state. These pills contained fentanyl, 4 out of 10 fentanyl pills had a lethal dose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a 12-month period ending in April 2021, more than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses. The increase in deaths is due to fentanyl.