DEA: Fake pills containing fentanyl helping drive OD deaths
Federal officials say an increasing number of fake prescription pills containing potentially deadly fentanyl are helping drive overdose death rates to record levels in the U.S. And officials warn that some of the pills are being manufactured in rainbow colors designed to look like candy.
Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco Delivers Remarks on Operation Dark HunTor
Thanks to unprecedented international law enforcement collaboration — 150 Darknet drug traffickers have been arrested around the world — including 65 here in the Untied States. Led by the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement team, an international law enforcement partnership — also known as JCODE — Operation Dark HunTor spanned 10 months, three continents, and more than 12 international law enforcement agencies. Armed with intelligence from that action, Operation Dark HunTor was launched with one clear goal: to hunt down the vendors, buyers, and suppliers who had been hiding on that site and make sure they did not find a new platform. Already a billion-dollar illicit drug industry, Darknet drug revenue has surpassed pre-pandemic levels. The agencies you see here and the thousands of the law enforcement professionals they represent will bring to bear all of their resources to protect our citizens and hold you accountable.justice.gov
Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco Delivers Remarks Announcing Drug Enforcement and Awareness Raising Campaign
And that means we have an obligation to make Americans aware of the deadly threat from counterfeit pills - counterfeit pills containing deadly doses of illicit fentanyl. We also need the public to understand the dangers posed by counterfeit pills. Now in recent years, we have seen an alarming increase in the number of counterfeit pills containing illicit fentanyl. And when we say “counterfeit pills,” I want to be very clear, we mean pills that are fashioned to look like legitimate pills that might be prescribed by your doctor. More than 9.5 million counterfeit pills were seized so far this year – that’s more than the last two years combined.justice.gov
Department of Justice Announces DEA Seizures of Historic Amounts of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Fake Pills in Public Safety Surge to Protect U.S. Communities
The fentanyl-laced fake pills seized by DEA could potentially kill more than 700,000 Americans. These fake pills are designed to appear nearly identical to legitimate prescriptions such as Oxycontin®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Adderall®, Xanax® and other medicines. DEA laboratory testing reveals that today, four out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake pills contain a potentially lethal dose. The amount of deadly fentanyl-laced fake pills seized by DEA since Aug. 3 is enough to kill more than 700,000 Americans. During the two-month law enforcement surge targeting fake pills, DEA also seized 712 kilograms of fentanyl powder: enough to make tens of millions of lethal pills.justice.gov