PCSO warns of fake prescription pills

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A fake drug warning came in Thursday night from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office along with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Specifically, a sharp increase in fake prescription pills.

According to both agencies, there has been an alarming increase of fake pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.

The DEA says criminal drug networks mass-produce the pills and market them as legitimate prescriptions.

The fake pills are being passed off as opioids, such as oxycodone.

The sheriff’s office says they’re leading to an increase in deadly and non-fatal overdoses.

“The margin for error with counterfeit pills is just somebody mixing it up and who knows what kind of situation their mixing it up,” said Sgt. Casey Kenrick of the PCSO Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team. “So the problem with that is you can take one pill it doesn’t do anything, maybe you get the high you’re looking for or whatever reaction from the pill you’re looking for you get from that one. The next one can literally kill you.”

According to lab testing, two out of every five pills contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.

The fake pills are usually acquired somewhere other than a pharmacy, which the DEA advises is illegal, dangerous, and potentially deadly.

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