California Mom Works to Warn Americans About Deadly Counterfeit Pills

This week the ABC News program 20/20 aired a story about counterfeit pills made with fentanyl. Highlighting Prince's death from those pills, the reporters also interviewed Carrie Luther.

In October 2015, Carrie Luther's son, Tosh Ackerman, took a fraction of  a Xanax pill to help him sleep. He never woke up. Tosh's  prescription pill was made with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Since Tosh's death, hundreds more have died because they have taken counterfeit pills made with fentanyl or other deadly pharmaceutical concoctions. These pills have been found in 44 states, and investigators have linked deaths to them in 26 states. It's a danger that people don't anticipate; they don't know that fentanyl-laced counterfeit prescription drugs are out there, or that they are risking their lives unless they buy their medicine from a licensed American pharmacy.

Carrie Luther has been working hard to get the word out. She's spoken about her son to high school students, to regulators at the national and state levels, and to radio and tv journalists.  Contact her at