People who buy pain pills on the streets of Orange County may think they are getting the real deal.
The chances that they are wrong, and the consequences can be fatal. re-sold, they look like those that you get at the store, "said District Attorney Orange County David Hoovler. "Trusting your dealer is, firstly, inappropriately trusted."
Officials say that February 5 drug abduction, with 1,300 counterfeit pills with oxycodone containing fentanyl, 200 thousand dollars in cash and more than two dozen weapons, was the first for Orange County
The phenomenon of counterfeit tablets – illegally made by fentanyl disguised under the lawful pharmaceutical products ̵
Nonprofit Partnership "Safe Medicines," since January, fentanyl pills, masked with prescription analgesics, have been detected in 46 states, and 29 of them have fatal cases.
"The heroine is widespread," said Hoagler. "We are beginning to see cocaine with fentanyl in it, and the tablets are fairly common," especially among middle class users.
"They can buy these online, this is a terrible part," said Orange County legislator Robert Sassy
retired Valley Valley Teacher, he saw 11 former students who dying of overdose of opioids.
District Attorney Sullivan Jim Farrell said that only one counterfeit tablet had been spotted in Sullivan so far, and that the tablet was not well made.
This form did not slow down the fatal overdose pace at the Sullivan County: 27 in all 2017; and from October 25 to October 2018, many of them are related to fentanyl, according to county documents.
Although Orange County officials did not smoke any pill death from the bust of February 5, Hooler said that arrests saved lives. 19659002] There is a reason for his confidence.
"The presence of fentanyl-containing counterfeit tablets in the area is increasingly associated with recessions from overdose deaths," according to the SAA National Assessment of Drug Threats. tablets in 2017 found that the pills contained 0.31 to 99 milligrams of fentanyl.
Two milligrams of fentanyl taken individually would be deadly for most people.
"They do not want to buy something with fentanyl." They think they are buying a pill for $ 25, and they think it's OxyContin or Xanax. Nothing is suspected, the soul buys it, and someone finds them dead the next day.
In January, researchers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention published an analysis of New York City overdose that is in line with national trends: a steep rise in accidental death from overdose from 2015, when fentanyl became more common, rising in 2016 and 2017 , with fentanyl contributing to 57 per cent of fatal overdoses in 2017. Tablets represent a significant market for traffickers, says DEA in its assessment of the threat.
In 2016, about 3.4 million people were abusing prescription drugs, compared with 475,000 who used heroin.
– Your son, your daughter, or your neighbor, said Sassy.