Counterfeit fentanyl pills in Washington
Since 2012, drug traffickers have been selling North Americans counterfeit medications made from fentanyl, a dangerous painkiller 25-40 times stronger than heroin, and even stronger synthetic opioids like carfentanil. The problem has spread to at least 49 states, and many Americans have suffered overdoses and death because the drugs they were taking were counterfeit.
News Coverage in Washington:
Opioid Overdose Death Here Prompts Arrest of Friday Harbor Man (August 21, 2019)
Man Pleads Not Guilty in Drug Deaths (September 21, 2018)
Overdose Warning: Bad Batches Of Street Drugs Turning Up In Yakima (November 10, 2017)