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Authorities issue warning about deadly counterfeit pills

Posted at 3:02 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 16:02:48-04

State and federal authorities have issued warning about deadly counterfeit pills after one person has died.

In a statement, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said they are trying to get the pills off the street after one person died and another was hospitalized.

“It appears both victims bought what they thought was the prescription painkiller, Oxycodone.  However, a sample of a pill submitted to the OSBI Lab tested positive for Fentanyl, a very powerful and cheap synthetic opioid often sold on the black-market by itself or used as filler in such drugs as heroin.   These counterfeit pills have been pressed into the same shape, with the same color and brand markings as legitimate pharmaceutical Oxycodone, so it’s almost impossible to tell the difference out on the streets.”

- Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

Officials said the second victim was saved by Narcan, which is administered after an opioid overdose.

Authorities said they are seeking the public's help to identify the source - they are asked to contact OBN at 1-800-522-8031.

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