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Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics investigating deaths tied to fake oxycodone pills

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics investigating after additional deaths linked to fake oxycodone pills
Posted at 12:40 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 16:04:04-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is investigating deaths are tied to fake oxycodone pills.

OBN said the fake pills are now linked to at least ten deaths over the last five months. The bureau said more people could be at risk.

Fentanyl is a powerful and cheap drug that can be 100 to 1,000 times more potent than Morphine or heroin. It is often purchased on the black market by drug organizations who use it as a filler in heroin or press the powder into pills that resemble legitimate U.S. pharmaceuticals. The pills are blue in color and stamped to look like 30 milligram Oxycodone. Side-by-side, it would be hard for anyone to tell the difference.
Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

Just this week, OBN officials said two people in Grady County died from overdoses after they bought counterfeit Oxycodone pills that tested positive for Fentanyl.

OBN Director Donnie Anderson said, "While they resemble pharmaceutical-grade pills, these are manufactured in garages and basements by criminals with little knowledge of the drug’s potential potency. We are concerned because these pills are continuing to circulate on the streets in communities across Oklahoma and we could see additional overdose victims.”

In May 2020, OBN began investigations into these pills after two people overdosed and died in Jones, Oklahoma.

Anyone with information on the distribution of the fake Oxycodone pills is asked to call OBN or local police.

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