DEA issues warning over counterfeit prescription pills from Mexico

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public about dangerous counterfeit pills killing Americans.

Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing Fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that is lethal in small doses, for distribution throughout North America.

In October, the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force released its 2018 Report Card which indicated that there were 92 fentanyl-related deaths in San Diego County in 2018. In 2019, there have already been 92 fentanyl-related deaths in San Diego County.

DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Colin Ruane was in studio to discuss the growing issue.

If you or someone you know needs help to stop using drugs, call 211 to talk to someone or go to www.optumsandiego.com to get help to save a life; maybe your own.

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