NEW YORK (AP) - The
Drug Enforcement Administration is warning that Mexican drug cartels are
manufacturing large quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing
the deadly opioid fentanyl.
The DEA said Monday
the pills have been showing up on Long Island and New York City, as well as
other parts of the country.
Newsday reports the
DEA found that 27 percent of a sampling of pills seized nationwide between
January and March contained potentially lethal doses of the drug.
Ray Donovan, the
DEA’s special agent in charge of the New York division, says counterfeit
pills cause one in four users to die.