January 10, 2022: Buyers, beware COVID test scams and counterfeits

January 10, 2022
vials in a plastic bag

Amidst a shortage of COVID-19 tests that has encouraged fraud and counterfeits, the FTC published guidance about how to avoid purchasing fake home test kits online. Catch up on this and counterfeit drug stories across eight states.

January 4, 2022: Fentanyl deaths rise; 13% in western states are from fake pills

January 5, 2022
Pic of first page of DEA factsheet about fake pills

Recent analysis at the CDC found that fentanyl is the leading cause of death for U.S. adults ages 18-45, and fake pills are playing a prominent role: in western states, more than 13% of fentanyl deaths involved counterfeit pills. Catch up on all the news here.

December 13, 2021: Legislators continue to seek permanent scheduling of fentanyl and its analogues

December 13, 2021
Senator Cassidy on the U.S. Senate floor with sign about fentanyl deaths

Senators Cassidy and Burr and Representatives Latta and Griffith introduced new legislation to permanently classify fentanyl analogues as Schedule I substances. Temporary scheduling is currently set to expire in February 2022. Catch up on this an 24 more stories in this post.

Video: Fake Cough Syrup Ring in Texas

December 13, 2021
Cover of video: Fake Cough Syrup Ring in Texas

Is there money in counterfeit cough syrup? There really is—but you can never tell what’s in fake medicine and sometimes it will kill you. Watch this week’s video to learn about a recently busted cough syrup ring in Texas.

Parents & PSM to the Sacramento Bee: Please call these deaths poisonings

December 9, 2021

The Sacramento Bee has been steadily covering counterfeit pills made with fentanyl since 2016, but it has also used the word “overdose” to describe fake pill deaths. PSM and a group of parents asked the paper to change their language so that the public better understands the threat.

Video Series – Operation Denial: OCDETF shuts down a three-country fentanyl trafficking conspiracy

December 7, 2021

A teenager dying in North Dakota bought down a fentanyl conspiracy ring that spanned three nations and two continents.

Watch part 5 to learn about the task force that made this investigation possible.

December 6, 2021: Fake captagon pills are Syria’s biggest export, says the New York Times

December 6, 2021

Associates of the Assad regime have become international suppliers of counterfeit amphetamine pills.

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More Fake Avastin: Mexican regulators warn about fake meds.

Have you heard about this $52mm fake cough syrup ring in Texas?

Unsung Heroes at OCDETF: The unknown task force that makes cases like these possible

Watch our June 30th webinar and read additional resources for an update drug importation, domain name transparency, fentanyl analogues, and counterfeit medicine crime.

Fake pills are in all 50 states, and they are killing Americans.

Read about some of those victims. Learn about the fentanyl and pill presses that killed them.