The Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday issued a uncommon public security alert warning People of an “alarming increase” in lethal pretend prescription drugs containing fentanyl flooding the nation.
In its first such alert in six 12 months, the agency said the vast majority of the counterfeit drugs discovered within the US are being manufactured in Mexico with the assistance of chemical compounds equipped by China.
Over 9.5 million phony drugs have been seized to date this 12 months — greater than the final two years mixed, the DEA stated.
The counterfeit drugs are produced to appear to be actual prescription opioid medicines.
“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 stated in its alert.
Fentanyl is an artificial opioid that’s as much as 100 instances stronger than heroin.
Methamphetamine has additionally more and more been detected within the drugs.
The pretend drugs are generally peddled on social media, making them simply accessible to minors, the DEA stated.