HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The United States Department of Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a public safety alert for counterfeit prescription drugs.
The DEA has issued the public safety alert after a sharp increase in fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and meth.
Criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills and falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills to deceive the American public, according to the DEA.
Officials are seizing deadly fake pills at record rates. Lab testing has revealed that 2 out of every 5 pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose.
The DEA reminds the public that “the only safe medications are ones prescribed by a trusted medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.”
The U.S. Department of Drug Enforcement Administration shared a series of pictures showcasing the visible differences between counterfeit and legitimate drugs.