Counterfeit Fentanyl in Alaska
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 Alaska:
Suspects Arrested After Fatal Overdose in Sand Point (September 4, 2019)
Anchorage Bust Nets Heroin, Fentanyl Totaling 10-plus Pounds (April 18, 2019)
Counterfeit Prescription Drug Found in Alaska Contained Fentanyl (January 4, 2017)
Latest Chapter In The Opioid Epidemic Hits Alaska (December 30, 2016)